Drunk Boaters Inadvertently Cause Airport Security Scare

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Photo of boat accidentA fishing boat entered the restricted water near New York’s La Guardia Airport and struck a light pole on one of the runway extensions. The Port Authority Police Department could see the stranded craft on surveillance cameras, but could not respond because their patrol boats had been docked for the night.

The NYPD Harbor Unit was sent to investigate, but took almost half an hour to reach the marooned boat, where they found the 51-year-old captain and his two passengers extraordinarily drunk.

The craft itself was impaled on a light pole. The three irresponsible boaters suffered minor injuries but were basically unscathed. The ship’s captain was arrested and charged with boating under the influence.

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

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

Avoid alcohol while driving your boat: you need to be alert and sober to respond adequately to other vessels, water and weather conditions, as well as other important markers. Additionally, a boat operator needs balance and coordination to steer the vessel effectively.

 

Latti & Anderson LLP – Maritime lawyers for nationwide offshore accidents

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