Coast Guard terminates vessel voyage for operating under the influence in Miami River

Coast Guard Station Miami 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew members conduct a field sobriety test on a vessel operator Sept. 9, 2018. Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received a report from a person aboard a pleasure craft at approximately 8:45 p.m. Sept. 9 of a 35-foot cabin cruiser whose operator seemed to be intoxicated hitting their vessel. (Coast Guard Photo)

Coast Guard Station Miami 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew members conduct a field sobriety test on a vessel operator Sept. 9, 2018.  (Coast Guard Photo)

MIAMI — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 35-foot cabin cruiser due to the operator boating under the influence of alcohol Sunday in the Miami River.

Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received a report from a person aboard a pleasure craft at approximately 8:45 p.m. stating a 35-foot cabin cruiser with 20 people aboard had hit their vessel. Watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew who located the vessel at approximately 10:30 p.m.

The station crew terminated the vessel’s voyage due to the operator failing both the field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests.

“People need to ensure the safety of themselves and their passengers while boating,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Ayisha Loya, a Station Miami boarding officer. “What was meant to be a fun night out boating could have easily turned into a search and rescue case because the operator of the vessel chose to knowingly drive over the legal limit in addition to not having sufficient life saving equipment for his passengers.”

The vessel’s voyage was terminated at the Miami Beach Marina with no reported injuries.

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