Coast Guard conducts boarding team training near Portsmouth, Va.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard conducted boarding team training on the Elizabeth River Thursday, in preparation for an increased law enforcement presence on the water Friday through Sunday in support of Operation Dry Water.

Boarding teams members from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth, intercepted a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel and conducted field sobriety tests with role players simulating intoxication aboard the vessel.

“There will be arrests this weekend, and some boaters will face the consequences of boating under the influence,” says Lt. Jack Smith, the assistant coordinator of Operation Dry Water from Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. “Boating is a safe and enjoyable pastime when people stay alert and follow the rules. We want boaters to understand the added risks associated with boating under the influence and to avoid drinking and boating.”

Operation Dry Water 2012 is an annual nationwide campaign focused on enforcement of boating under the influence laws and educating boaters of the risks of operating a boat under the influence.

The operation began in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with the Coast Guard and other state and local law enforcement agencies.

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