Coast Guard detains boater after altercation

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard detained a boater after an altercation erupted during a routine boarding near San Francisco Bay Sunday.

A boarding team from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate was on a law enforcement patrol Sunday night when they approached a 45-foot sailing vessel moored just off Sausalito. After the master of the vessel refused the request to be boarded, he cut his mooring line and attempted to leave the Bay.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye and the boarding team from Station Golden Gate followed the vessel to a point 2.5 miles west of Ocean Beach, where they conducted a joint boarding.

The master of the vessel failed to comply with the boarding officer’s request and became non-cooperative. A minor altercation ensued. The boarding team detained the boater and his vessel was towed to Coast Guard Station Golden Gate.

The master of the vessel is being questioned and the matter is under further investigation.

The Coast Guard has authority under Title 14 USC 89 to make inquires, examinations, inspections, searches, seizures, and arrests upon the high seas and waters over which the United States has jurisdiction, in order to enforce federal laws.  More information on Title 14 USC 89 can be found here.

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