Coast Guard terminates voyage for boating under the influence

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a sailing vessel operator and his passenger for boating under the influence of alcohol, Monday, July 18, 2011.

At approximately 10:40 a.m., a boat crew launched from Coast Guard Station New York in response to a boater operating a 30-foot sailing vessel dangerously close to another vessel near Bay Ridge Anchorage, N.Y.

Station New York’s boat crew escorted the sailing vessel to the nearest marina to conduct the boarding. The operator was unable to safely navigate his vessel, so the passenger voluntarily motored the vessel to the marina.

The boarding team conducted field sobriety tests, and administrated a chemical breath analyzer test to both the boat operator and his passenger. Both reportedly failed the tests. In addition, the boarding team found several empty alcoholic beverage containers aboard.

The Coast Guard boarding officer cited the operator and passenger with negligent and intoxicated operations.

New York Police Department arrested and took custody of the boat operator and his passenger.

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