A Coast Guard chase Monday near Great Kills, N.Y., resulted in a man being charged with drunken boating.
A boat crew from Station Sandy Hook, N.J., took a man into custody after he was reported to be intoxicated while boating.
The Coast Guard crew approached the 26-foot boat for a routine recreational safety inspection at about 7 p.m. The vessel failed to stop and instead increased its speed and began erratic course alterations, traveling at speeds in excess of 40 mph, highly dangerous in a harbor as crowded as that of New York. The vessel finally stopped near Swinburne Island, N.Y., after a 10-minute pursuit.
In 2012, New York had 197 boating accidents, resulting in 27 deaths.