Coast Guard terminates two voyages in Southeast Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska NewsJUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Station Juneau crewmembers terminated two recreational vessel voyages in Auke Bay Monday for safety gear violations and suspected underage alcohol offenses.

The Alaska Wildlife Troopers, while patrolling Auke Bay Marina, observed two vessels underway with minors who may have been consuming alcohol. A Coast Guard small boat with Troopers aboard stopped and boarded the recreational vessel Duchess and an unnamed skiff.

During the course of the boardings, the Coast Guard personnel found the Duchess crew had insufficient firefighting equipment aboard and the skiff crew had insufficient personal floatation devices. The Coast Guard boarding teams also detected signs of potential underage drinking and requested the Alaska Wildlife Troopers investigate further.

“The waters of Alaska are some of the most unforgiving in the nation,” said Cmdr. Marc Burd, chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “The right lifesaving equipment, even for a short day cruise, can mean the difference between life and death. Additionally, I’d like to note that in my experience boating and alcohol rarely mix together well, like oil and water.”

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