Marshfield: Authorities spot ‘item of interest’ during search for missing boater’s body

Authorities continue to search for a 23-year-old man who went missing Saturday night after being ejected from a boat in the waters off of Brant Rock in Marshfield.

Marshfield and State police and divers, along with a police helicopter, searched the waters off Marshfield much of Thursday for what they believe was the body of a man missing since a boating accident over the weekend.

While authorities were unable to confirm that the “white object” authorities spotted around 4 p.m. Thursday and pursued all afternoon was the body of 23-year-old Steven “Zac” Woods. The search was suspended just after 6 p.m., and nothing had been reported recovered.

“At no point was it a confirmed sighting of the victim, therefore no public safety personnel involved with the case made that statement,” said Fire Chief Kevin Robinson, in a statement released Friday.

A Marshfield man has pleaded not guilty to charges he was drunk while operating the boat that struck some rocks and ejected Woods.

The Coast Guard was contacted Saturday night by the Marshfield harbor master who reported that two boaters had been ejected from aboat near the Brant Rock section of Marshfield. Justin McDonald, Woods’ friend who was in the boat with him, was rescued by a kayaker, but Woods was not found.

McDonald was charged with operating a boat while drunk, and pleaded not guilty. McDonald posted $10,000 bail and was released Monday after entering his plea in Plymouth District Court

A prosecutor said in court Monday that McDonald told police he had 10 beers during the day and was “a little buzzed” but not drunk when the accident happened.

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