CG Busts Intoxicated Boater in MA
August 18, 2014
Coast Guard law enforcement crews issued a boating under the influence citation to the operator of a vessel late Sunday night, August 17, 2014, in Massachusetts Bay.
Watchstanders at Station Point Allerton received notification of a 12’ Boston Whaler that was adrift and disabled off of Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts. A crew from Station Point Allerton and the Hull Harbormaster launched to assess the situation.
Once on scene the station’s crew noticed that the operator appeared to be intoxicated. Station Point Allerton took the vessel in side tow and brought it to Hull, Massachusetts, where local police were waiting.
A field sobriety test was given to the operator which determined that he was intoxicated. The Boarding Officer issued a civil citation to the operator for Boating Under the Influence. The Hull Police Department arranged for a family member to pick up the remaining passengers aboard the vessel.
“Not only is operating a vessel under the influence dangerous, it is illegal,” said Lt. Karen Kutkiewicz, the Public Affairs Officer at the 1st Coast Guard District in Boston, Massachusetts, “We want people to enjoy boating and not worry about intoxicated operators in the bay.”