A Marshfield man has pleaded not guilty to charges he was drunk while operating a boat that struck some rocks and ejected his friend, who has still not been found.
Justin McDonald posted $10,000 bail and was released Monday after entering his plea in Plymouth District Court.
Authorities say McDonald’s friend, 23-year-old Steven ‘Zac” Woods is still missing.
The Coast Guard was contacted Saturday night by the Marshfield harbor master who reported that two boaters had been ejected from a boat near the Brant Rock section of Marshfield. McDonald was rescued by a kayaker, but Woods was not found.
The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday night, but locals have continued the recovery operation for the missing boater, 23-year-old Steven “Zac” Woods. It will resume Tuesday morning. It was suspended Monday afternoon at about 3 pm due to weather concerns.
The latest round of searches from sea and shore will be conducted by the Marshfield Fire Department, the Marshfield Police Department, the Harbormaster and State Police.
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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