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

By City News Service

VENICE – The captain of a sailboat was arrested after his craft ran aground and began to capsize at Venice Beach early this morning, authorities said.

The sailboat ran aground between the Venice and Santa Monica piers around midnight, said Sgt. G. Montoya of the sheriff’s Marina del Rey Station.

Los Angeles police officers arrived first and helped four people get from the boat to shore, said Lt. Marco Munoz of the LAPD’s Pacific Station.

“The captain of the boat was possibly under the influence so we notified the sheriff’s Marina del Rey Station,” Munoz said.

Montoya confirmed the captain was arrested on suspicion of driving a boat while under the baby1902-poster.

The sailboat was left along the surf line until the captain could make arrangements to have it removed, she said.

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