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F/V ARLINE grounding, alcohol implicated

The 50-foot fishing vessel ARLINE called the Coast Guard to report grounding in the Swinomish Channel near Anacortes, WA. The Coast Guard Cutter ADELIE assisted, its crew boarded the ARLINE. Coast Guard crewmembers administered breathalyzer tests to the skipper and crew. Results showed blood alcohol contents at .115, above the legal limit of .008. Police took the master into custody.

The ARLINE was towed to the Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes and a containment boom was installed. A Coast Guard incident management team from Seattle worked with contractors to contain the pollution and develop the required salvage plan.

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