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School boat operator arrested for BWI

The Coast Guard conducted a law enforcement boarding of a passenger vessel Wednesday that was transporting five schoolchildren from Crisfield, Md., to Smith Island, Md.

During the boarding, the operator of the 60-foot passenger vessel tested positive for use of alcohol and was detained by the Coast Guard until a Maryland Natural Resources Police officer could arrive.

Once on the scene, the NRP officer arrested the individual and transported the children home.

The Coast Guard has temporarily suspended the license of the operator and will initiate administrative proceedings against the operator.

The Natural Resources Police charged the 49-year-old operator with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired by any drug or combination of drugs and alcohol and negligent operation of a vessel.