Coast Guard Fines Teens Who Jumped Off Ferries

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's not every day someone jumps off a ferry on purpose, but the U.S. Coast Guard says that's what two teens did this summer.

Now, those teens are facing the consequences—$2,500 fines.

The Coast Guard said in a release Wednesday that Luke Garrity, 18, jumped off the ferry Island Queen in Falmouth on June 23, while Andrew Meyers, 19, jumped off the ferry Anna C in Block Island, Rhode Island on July 28.

Jumping off a ferry is considered interfering in its safe operation, the Coast Guard said, and can net a fine of up to $35,000.

"Jumping into the water from a certificated passenger vessel, such as a tour boat or charter vessel, is not only dangerous for the person jumping, but it also endangers the lives of others onboard,” said Coast Guard Commander Brian McSorley. "Commercial passenger vessel crews are responsible for the safety of all passengers aboard their vessels and, in this case, their attention was diverted away from the safe operation of the vessel in order to try and retrieve the jumper from the water."

Garrity and Meyers will have 45 days to appeal their fines.

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