Coast Guard Intercepts Intoxicated Boater

BOSTON- The Coast Guard intercepted an intoxicated boater near the Memorial Bridge in Kittery, Maine around 7:45 p.m., Saturday.

New Hampshire Marine Patrol dispatch reported to Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor, N.H., that an apparently intoxicated boater had left Wentworth Marina and might be operating a boat under the influence.

A 25-foot boat crew from Station Portsmouth Harbor responded and arrived on scene around 8 p.m.

As the boat crew arrived on scene the 47 year-old boat operator and his four passengers were tying up the 33-foot vessel at Badgers Marina in Kittery, also the homeport of the vessel.

The Coast Guard boarding team conducted a field sobriety test on the operator and issued a citation for operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol in violation of Title 46, United States Code section 2302(c).

The operator was escorted to his nearby residence, less than 100 yards away, by the Coast Guard Boarding Officer.

Conviction of a class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of $100,000, or may result in a civil penalty of up to $5,000.

“Boating safety is our main concern,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Washburn, the boarding officer on the case. “Operating a boat after drinking alcohol is dangerous and illegal.”

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