Troopers Assist With Sinking Boat

Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 09/27/2014 –Troopers Assist With Sinking Boat

Troopers assigned to the State Police Marine Unit responded to a call for help in Boston Harbor at 7:18 PM. The boat, a 50 foot Sea Ray, struck a rock between Spectacle Island and the Long Island Bridge. The boat operator and five passengers were thrown into the front of the boat from the flying bridge. Only minor injuries were reported at the scene. Trooper Culver and Trooper Hogan of the Marine Unit were on patrol in the area when the call came in and responded to the area within minutes. The troopers assisted in evacuating the occupants of the boat as it sank.

The operator of the Sea Ray, Paul Boulanger, age 44, of North Andover, was arrested and charged with Boating Under the Influence of Alcohol. The 50 foot Sea Ray sank completely under the water and will remain submerged there overnight. Sea Tow and Tow Boat US responded to the location and  due to the poor night time visibility, declined to put divers in the water for recovery of the boat. The recovery operation will commence after sunrise on Sunday, September 28.