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CHESAPEAKE (AP) -- A former tugboat captain has been fined $200 for a collision between a barge and a skiff.

William C. Spencer of Smithfield was convicted of operating a boat in an improper manner on Tuesday in Chesapeake Circuit Court.

Spencer's attorney, Tom Kelly, tells The Virginian-Pilot that the misdemeanor conviction might be appealed. He says they don't believe Spencer did anything wrong.

The 69-year-old Smithfield man was piloting the Albert Pike on the South Branch of the Elizabeth River when the collision occurred near the High-Rise Bridge on Nov. 26, 2012. Spencer said he didn't see the 17-foot skiff or its owner, 77-year-old James W. Phelps.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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