A boater was detained after refusing a request to be boarded by law enforcement patrol Sunday evening just off of Sausalito, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. A boarding team from the Coast Guard Station Golden Gate requested to board a 45-foot sailboat which had moored just off Sausalito at about 4 p.m., but the master of the vessel refused the request, Officer Mark Leahey said.
The sailboat had no flag flying and no markings of any kind indicating its name or origins, which is highly unusual, Leahey said. After refusing the request, the master of the vessel cut his mooring line and attempted to leave the bay, according to Coast Guard officials. The coast guard unit called for backup from a larger Coast Guard patrol boat as well as the Sausalito police and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.
The vessel was followed to a point about two and a half mils west of Ocean Beach where the Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye and Station Golden Gate conducted a joint boarding, officials said.
The master of the vessel remained uncooperative and a minor altercation ensued, but the boarding team detained the boater, officials said. The vessel was towed to the Coast Guard Station Golden Gate. The boater is being questioned. The incident is under investigation.
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