Coast Guard terminates vessel voyage for boating under the influence

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsNEW YORK – A Coast Guard law enforcement team terminated a recreational boating voyage on Woodcleft Canal in Freeport N.Y. Saturday.

A Coast Guard Boarding Officer, from Coast Guard Station Jones Beach, N.Y., observed the vessel operator transiting the area recklessly and at a high rate of speed. The Boarding Officer conducted a boarding at the Town Dock where he administered tests to the 60 year-old-male to determine the blood-alcohol content level of the boat operator.

“The boat operator admitted to consuming Oxycotin and several alcoholic beverages,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Sebastiao, a Boarding Officer stationed at Coast Guard Station Jones Beach. “The effects of drugs or alcohol greatly impair a boater’s ability to operate their vessel safely. Its every vessel operator’s responsibility for the safe navigation of their vessel at all times.”

The voyage was terminated because the operator was under the influence of alcohol and a dangerous drug.

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