Homemade Submarine Enters Security Zone around Quenn Mary II

New York – A Brooklyn man in an 8-foot homemade submersible drifted into a security zone around the cruise ship Queen Mary ll, moored in Brooklyn, N.Y. at approximately 11 a.m. today.

Philip Riley was in a replica of the “Turtle,” a Revolutionary War era submarine, when he came within 200 feet of the 1,132-foot cruise ship from Great Britain. The “Turtle” was being towed by two unidentified individuals in a 10-foot rowboat which did not violate the security zone.

The Coast Guard, New York Police Department and Counter Terrorism Unit responded.

The Coast Guard issued two citations to Riley, the first for unsafe sailing conditions and the second for violation of the security zone around the Queen Mary ll.

“They were within about 200 feet of the bow of the Queen Mary ll,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Taylor, the on-scene boarding officer. “NYPD had disembarked the personnel. There was one person in the Turtle, and there were two people in the inflatable raft that was towing the Turtle. The vessel was definitely unsafe to be in the water, there is no way you could avoid a collision in it.”

Riley was wearing a life jacket.

“People should be well informed of the security zones in New York and New Jerseys waterways,” said Taylor. “Citizens should always stop and think if what they are doing might look suspicious and contact a law enforcement agency if they see something suspicious.”

Violations of security zones are punishable by a maximum of a $50,000 fine, 5 years imprisonment, or both.

More information on safety and security zones can be found at: http://homeport.uscg.mil/

A New York Police Department Harbor officer leans over to look at a replica of a Revolutionary War era submarine called the

A New York Police Department Harbor officer leans over to look at a replica of a Revolutionary War era submarine called the “Turtle”, near Pier 41 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, N.Y.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Taylor.

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