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State Police Probing Deadly Boat Crash Off Long Branch

State police say the cause of a deadly boating accident off the central New Jersey coast this weekend remains under investigation.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet
A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet (US Coast Guard)

Thirty-one-year-old Eric Kim of Woodbridge Township was killed Saturday when the 18-foot pleasure craft he was in and a 38-foot Yellowfin fishing boat collided. The accident occurred around 1:15 p.m. Saturday in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1.5 miles south of Long Branch.

Kim suffered a head injury in the accident and died a short time later at a hospital. But authorities said Sunday that a cause of death has not yet been determined.

Thirty-four-year-old Soo Lee of Sayreville, who was driving the boat Kim was in, suffered minor cuts in the collision. The four people aboard the larger vessel were not injured.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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