itCG-219 years young, BUI crackdown, search for cruise ship passenger, British lord rescued, shark victim recovering

  • First, Happy Birthday Guardians! Today is the U.S. Coast Guard’s 219th birthday.
  • Authorities cracked down on Boating under the Influence (BUI) during last weekend’s Seafair on Seattle’s waterfront. Officials contacted between 500 and 600 boats and issued 110 citations for BUI, up about 23% from last year. Law enforcement officers set up a temporary detention facility and used a Mobile Impaired Driving Unit to process violators. Despite facing arrest and large fines, some boaters didn’t head the warnings. One man was arrested twice over the weekend for BUI.
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  • Authorities searched 80-miles of water near Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska yesterday looking for a cruise ship passenger who was reported missing and likely went overboard. Coast Guard, Civil Air Patrol, state and local officials were searching the area when a private aircraft hired by the cruise ship company to aid in the search spotted a woman’s body on the shoreline of an island in the search area. The body has yet to be positively identified and the incident is under investigation.
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  • On Sunday, the Compass reported on a helicopter that crashed into Penobscot Bay in Maine where all four passengers were rescued without major injury. It turns out that the pilot is a member of the British House of Lords who is on leave cruising on his 182-foot yacht.
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  • Also on Sunday, the Compass talked about the man bitten by a shark while fishing on Breton Island in southern Louisiana. Reportedly, there were two sharks and he was bitten on the leg. He is recovering after having a few surgeries to repair five torn tendons.
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