ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Coast didn’t arrest anyone or issue any citations during a focused weekend effort to catch drunken boaters on the St. Croix River.

The Coast Guard collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department Marine Patrol on “Operation Dry Water” Friday through Sunday. The Coast Guard says contact was made with more than 20 boats during the three-day initiative. Six safety warnings were issued and one disabled boat was towed to shore.

Patrols were increased on the river from Hudson, Wis., to Stillwater, Minn., in order to reduce the number of alcohol and drug-related accidents. The Coast Guard says boating under the influence is a leading contributing factor in fatal recreational boating accidents.

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Comments (10)
  1. RL says:

    Who’s the “U.S. Coast”? 😦

    C’mon ‘CCO. A little proof reading would go a long way.

  2. Popeye the Sailor says:

    Try again on a weekend when the weather is nicer..Or on a Holiday weekend..Get em’!

    1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

      According to statistics I heard on a local morning tv news program, last weekend was the weekend for the highest average number of alcohol related, recreational fatalities of the year.

      So, what sort of research did they do to determine this stretch of river from Hudson to Stillwater had so many drunken boaters? And they stopped 20 boats in 3 days, so they were stopping 6-7 boats per day only? How long were they out there?

      What a waste of money and resources.

  3. Bobber says:

    Well it’s obvious that more funding is needed for the MN DNR because we know this is a huge issue and they just don’t have the resour$e$ to control it.

    And we wonder why the stat is out of money.

  4. $$$$ says:

    It should be news to celebrate, but I’m sure they think it’s a bad thing. They didn’t make any revenue off the fines.

  5. Fed Up says:

    Out there for 3 days and they only stopped 20 boats? LOL.

  6. l says:

    drunk is drunk, whether its a study or what ever, ticket them, you have them pulled over, its against the law ticket them.

    1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

      Ok, that’s fine. But did you read the article?

      In 3 days they couldn’t FIND ANY drunk boaters.

  7. Really? Seriously? says:

    Really? The US Coast Guard is now in the business of DUI enforcement on rivers? What next a Coast Guard cutter on Mille Lacs? And, they were only able to stop 20 boats? Seriously? What an absolute waste of tax payer money! They should have called it “Operation Toilet Flush” because that’s what happened to our tax money. What a joke!

    1. RW says:

      The USCG has been in the BUI enforcement business for YEARS on the river. The St Croix is a federal waterway, therefore giving the CG jurisdiction. It’s only just now being reported upon.

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