APRIL 3 — A Florida man who was rescued from a sinking yacht last Thursday was arrested by Coast Guard officials on charges of boating violations.
The man and the skipper of a 45-foot yacht, Proud Mary III, were cruising to the Bahamas when the boat began taking on water off Fort Lauderdale, a news report says. The men put out a mayday call and the Coast Guard alerted the crew of a nearby boat, Atlantic Starboard, of the incident.
The two boaters were taken aboard Atlantic Starboard and later boarded a Coast Guard vessel, the report says. While running routine background checks on both boaters, Coast Guard officials found a warrant for the passenger’s arrest. The passenger reportedly had several outstanding boating violations, including speeding.
Hollywood, Fla., police arrested the passenger at the Coast Guard base in Dania Beach, Fla., according to the report. The captain was not arrested.
— Jason Fell