40-foot sailboat runs aground in Venice Beach; captain is arrested

 Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County lifeguards work to secure a sailboat that ran aground on Venice Beach.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The captain of a 40-foot sailboat was arrested for allegedly being drunk when the craft ran aground overnight on Venice Beach. 

Four passengers had to be pulled from the privately owned boat, which was starting to capsize, shortly before midnight, authorities said. No one was hurt in the incident.

During the rescue, sheriff’s deputies smelled alcohol on the captain’s breath and, after performing a series of sobriety tests, determined he was intoxicated, sheriff’s Deputy Brett McCann said. 

The identity of the captain was not immediately released. He was being interviewed by U.S. Coast Guard investigators Tuesday.


The captain is responsible for removing the boat, which remained ashore early Tuesday morning.

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