Intoxicated Boater Runs Aground and Afoul of the Law

 BOSTON- The Coast Guard assisted in the arrest of an intoxicated boater Monday night near Jerusalem, R.I.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a 911 call around 10 p.m., citing multiple reports of a vessel aground on the West Gap Jetty.

Coast Guard Station Point Judith responded with a 27-foot response boat, arriving on-scene around 10:25 p.m., to find a 20-foot power boat on the rocks of the jetty with two people aboard.

Both were removed from the vessel and escorted back to shore where local paramedics and police were standing by.

The passenger was transported to South County Hospital with minor injuries. The vessel operator failed a field sobriety test given by the Department of Environmental Management. The operator was arrested by DEM and transferred to South Kingston Police Department.

“As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, we urge all boaters to remain sober while out on the water,” said Petty Officer Third Class Matthew Oliveira, who assisted with the case. “Boating under the influence is illegal and dangerous.”

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – A 20-foot power boat sits on the rocks of the West Gap Jetty, Jerusalem, R.I., after the operator ran the vessel aground Monday night. The operator failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest by the Department of Environmental Management. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Seaman Jillian Davis)

A 20-foot power boat sits on the rocks of the West Gap Jetty, Jerusalem, R.I., after the operator ran the vessel aground Monday night. The operator failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest by the Department of Environmental Management.

U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Seaman Jillian Davis

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