Drunk Boaters Inadvertently Cause Airport Security Scare

A fishing boat entered the off-limits water around New York’s La Guardia Airport and struck one of the runway extensions. Port Authority police could see the stranded boat on surveillance cameras, but could not respond because their own patrol boats had been docked for the night.

The NYPD Harbor Unit was sent to investigate, but took almost 30 minutes to reach the marooned craft. When they arrived, they found the 51-year-old captain and his two passengers extremely inebriated.

The vessel itself was impaled on a light pole. The three irresponsible boaters suffered minor injuries. The ship’s captain, however, was arrested and charged with boating under the influence.

Alcohol abuse is the leading cause of boating accidents, accounting for hundreds of injuries and deaths each year.

Drinking and boating is a deadly combination. Alcohol slows reaction time and clouds concentration, and can create grave problems with vision, balance and coordination

If you have been injured by a drunk boater, a maritime attorney can help you retrieve the compensation you need for medical expenses and lost wages as well as pain and suffering.

Latti & Anderson LLP Nationwide maritime attorneys