JUNEAU — Coast Guard Station Juneau crewmembers say they “terminated two recreational vessel voyages” in Auke Bay Monday for safety gear violations and suspected underage alcohol offenses.
The Coast Guard stated in a release that Alaska Wildlife Troopers on patrol in Auke Bay Marina saw “two vessels underway with minors who may have been consuming alcohol. A Coast Guard small boat with Troopers aboard stopped and boarded the recreational vessel Duchess and an unnamed skiff.”
Coast Guard personnel assessed the Duchess and found that the crew had insufficient firefighting equipment aboard, and the skiff crew had insufficient personal flotation devices.
“The Coast Guard boarding teams also detected signs of potential underage drinking and requested the Alaska Wildlife Troopers investigate further,” the release said.
“The waters of Alaska are some of the most unforgiving in the nation,” said Cmdr. Marc Burd, chief of response at Sector Juneau. “The right lifesaving equipment, even for a short day cruise, can mean the difference between life and death. Additionally, I’d like to note that in my experience boating and alcohol rarely mix together well, like oil and water.”