Marshfield: Man pleads not guilty to driving boat drunk, friend still missing

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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Steven Dodrill left the WATD news team in 2013. "Follow" him on Twitter At Franklin Pierce, Steven worked to introduce new forms of media like YouTube, and Twitter to the Franklin Pierce community.  Steven graduated Cum Laude and with honors in Mass Communication from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2009. Steven focused his education and experience in New Hampshire around sports broadcasting, digital media, broadcast journalism, news, media production, and political reporting. "Like" him on Facebook Dodrill also interned with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2009 he completed an internship in the newsroom at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.