SOUTH BRISTOL, Maine — A 17-year-old boy from West Chester, Pennsylvania, faces an alcohol possession charge after running a boat aground on Outer Thrumcap Island, off the southern shore of South Bristol, early Tuesday.
South Bristol Fire Chief Mark Carrothers said he received a page at 12:42 a.m. regarding a boat taking on water.
“Four members of the South Bristol Fire Department went out of The Gut in a lobster boat to Outer Thrumcap Island and spent two hours searching for the boat,” Carrothers said.
U.S. Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor Officer in Charge William Armstrong said the boy was the pilot and sole occupant of the 19-foot Triumph fiberglass boat. The station dispatched four Coast Guardsmen, who also spent two hours searching for the boat.
Neither the fire department nor the Coast Guard were able to locate the boat.
According to Carrothers, while the search was in progress, the boy used his cellphone to call a friend who, in turn, contacted a Bristol resident. The two men found the stranded juvenile and brought him to shore at the Coveside Marina and Restaurant on Rutherford Island.
Coast Guard, fire firefighters and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office personnel met the three at Coveside, Carrothers said.
The juvenile was not seriously injured. He suffered slight abrasions to the knees that required no treatment, Carrothers said.
Lt. Rand Maker of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the boy was charged with possession of alcohol.
Armstrong said a U.S. Coast Guard vessel was underway at 10 a.m. Tuesday to continue searching for the boat, which the operator said he had tied to a rock at Outer Thrumcap Island.