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A cargo vessel collided with a sailing vessel on Long Island Sound. At the time of the incident, a Sandy Hook Pilot was at the helm of the cargo vessel. As a result of the incident, the sailing vessel sunk, and one crew member drowned and another was injured. The estate of the deceased crew member sued the vessel owners and operators as well as our client, the Sandy Hook Pilots Association. We argued on behalf of our client that the pilot was not negligent and that the Sandy Hook Pilots Association was a benevolent association which could not be held legally liable for acts of individual pilots. The matter was settled without a contribution by the pilot or Sandy Hook Pilots Association.