Authorities mounting a massive air-and-sea search for a missing boater off the coast of Marshfield are still trying to piece together what happened, as the Coast Guard confirms for WATD that alcohol was a factor in the incident.
The Coast Guard says it has suspended its search for a missing boater, identified by friends as 23-year-old Zac Woods, who was ejected from a moving vessel off the coast of Marshfield, in the vicinity of Beetle Rock.
Marshfield Harbor Master Mike DiMeo plans to be on the water as they continue to search the area.
Coast Guard Lt. Joe Klinker says the Marshfield harbormaster notified them around 8:30 p.m. Saturday of a report of a person in the waters off of Brant Rock. Search and rescue crews stopped their search just about 24 hours later, at 8:30 p.m on Sunday.
The Coast Guard was contacted by the Marshfield harbor master at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday who reported that two boaters had been ejected. The operator of the vessel 22-year-old Justin MacDonald was rescued by a nearby kayaker, but the missing boater, who was not wearing a life jacket, wasn’t found.
According to Marshfield Police, MacDonald will be arraigned Monday morning in Plymouth District Court on a charge of operating under the influence. Police say he posted $10,000 bail and was released.
Air and water searches were conducted by the State Police, United States Coast Guard, Marshfield Police Department and Marshfield Fire Department, along with the Plymouth County Dive Team with members from Scituate, Duxbury, Hull, Hanson. The Marshfield Harbor Master and SeaTow were also involved.
The Coast Guard says reports indicate that alcohol was involved and that local authorities will investigate the incident.