Coast Guard terminates voyage for operating under the influence near Haulover Inlet

A Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale 33-foot Special Purpose Craft — Law Enforcement boatcrew ends the voyage of a 32-foot vessel after completing a field sobriety test on the operator October 24, 2019 near Hanover Inlet, Florida. The Coast Guard encourages boaters to designate a sober operator for safety and to avoid fines and penalties of boating under the influence. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boatcrew ends the voyage of a 32-foot vessel after completing a field sobriety test on the operator October 24, 2019 near Hanover Inlet, Florida.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

MIAMI — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 32-foot pleasure craft due to the operator boating under the influence in the vicinity of Haulover Inlet, Thursday.

A Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew arrived on scene after receiving a notification from Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders and conducted a sobriety test on the operator.

Fort Lauderdale Police Department agents arrested the vessel operator after positive results for operating under the influence. The vessel was safely transferred to an impoundment lot by commercial salvage.


“Boating under the influence decreases the operator’s ability to make sound judgments, and the consumption of alcohol also negatively affects the ability of passengers to respond in the case of an emergency on the water,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class William Rivera, an operations specialist from Sector Miami command center. “In addition to designating a sober driver, boaters are encouraged to always wear their life jackets, file a float plan with a friend or family member, have fire extinguishers on board and carry a working VHF-FM radio and Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon.”


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