An intoxicated sailor passed out, and his boat ran aground off the coast of Laguna Beach Sunday afternoon, Coast Guard officials said.
The keel of the 28-foot sloop was lodged in sand and rocks outside the surf line of Main Beach as of 10 p.m. Sunday, officials said, with its mast listing slightly.
Officials do not expect the vessel to break up, and there is no indication of oil or fuel leakage, Coast Guard Lt. Sean Arumae said.
Laguna Beach police received a report of the boat stuck offshore around 3:40 p.m. Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol and Laguna Beach lifeguards responded to the sailboat, and sheriff’s deputies pulled the man off the boat, Arumae said.
“He was so extremely intoxicated that he was passed out,” he said.
The man was arrested and booked into the Laguna Beach jail on suspicion of boating under the influence of alcohol. His name was not immediately available, but officials said he was from San Diego and 47 years old. He was alone on the boat and unhurt, officials said.
Vessel Assist, a company that aids distressed boaters, is handling the salvage operation, Arumae said. He added that the sailor’s insurance likely will cover the bill.
The plan Sunday night was to wait until the next high tide, at about 5 a.m., and then to tow the boat to Dana Point Harbor, where it would be inspected for damage.
By MIKE REICHER/ THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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