Coast Guard responds to boater under the influence near Juneau, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard and local response authorities responded to a boating under the influence call in Auke Bay, Wednesday.

A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew detained the operator and transferred him to Juneau Police Department upon arriving in Auke Bay.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received an anonymous tip that the operator of the whale watching tour boat Orca Odysea, homeported in Auke Bay, was under the influence of alcohol while operating a tour with 13 passengers aboard. The watchstanders launched the RB-M crew.

Once on scene the Coast Guard crew boarded the Orca Odysea and conducted a field sobriety test with the vessel’s operator. When the operator did not successfully complete the test he was transferred from the Orca Odysea to the RB-M. The Coast Guard crew escorted the Orca Odysea back to Auke Bay and transferred custody of the vessel’s operator to the Juneau Police Department.

“We are currently undergoing an investigation in regards to the situation,” said Cmdr. Mark Burd, Chief of Response, Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “It is our duty as the Coast Guard to make sure that all licensed mariners are following the rules and keeping our waters safe. When mariners are suspected to have broken the laws the Coast Guard will investigate the situation to the fullest and hold those who are proven without doubt to the highest standards.”

All 13 passengers were safely disembarked without incident.

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as winds at 11 to 17 mph, 1-foot waves and 11 miles visibility.

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