Drunk freighter captain arrested on Columbia River

Posted: 03/01/2012 in all marine news

Mike Schuler –

The USCG arrested the drunk captain of a Maltese-flagged freighter while on the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon on Tuesday.

According to the USCG report, the captain of the 738-foot M/V Laconia was taken into custody by a Coast Guard Boarding and Safety Team from Astoria after his blood-alcohol level was found to be in excess of the legal limit for commercial vessel operators.

The Coast Guard says that they were tipped off by Customs and Border Protection agents who boarded the vessel for a routine customs inspection and suspected the man had been drinking after finding open containers of alcohol in the Captain’s stateroom.

The Coast Guard boarding team conducted alcohol tests on the Captain while the Laconia remained anchored at the Astoria anchorage. As a result of the breathalyzer test, the man was removed from the vessel and handed over to Coast Guard Investigative Service officials. The man will be transported to the federal detention center in Portland, Ore., Wednesday.

The Laconia will have to find a replacement captain prior to departure from the Astoria anchorage. The vessel is destined for Kalama, WA according to data from Marine Traffic.



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