Coast Guard terminates voyage for boating under the influence

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a recreational vessel operator for boating under the influence of alcohol near Liberty Island, N.Y., Saturday.

At 9:10 p.m., a Coast Guard Station New York boat crew, performing a routine patrol, investigated a vessel anchored near Liberty Island and suspected the operator had been consuming alcohol.

The station boarding team conducted a field sobriety test, and administrated a chemical breath analyzer test to the boat operator, which he failed. The Coast Guard boarding officer cited the man for boating under the influence of alcohol and towed his vessel to Liberty Landing, N.J., where he was called a cab.

“Boating under the influence places your life and the lives of others in danger,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson, a Coast Guard spokesman. “Just don’t do it.”

Consumption of alcohol can be especially hazardous on the water. The marine environment – motion, vibration, engine noise, sun, wind and spray – causes additional fatigue that can impair a boat operator’s coordination, judgment and reaction time even further. These impairments increase the likelihood of accidents afloat – for both passengers and boat operators.

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