A man who allegedly jumped from a Casco Bay Lines ferry while it was in motion last month is facing a $2,500 fine, authorities said.
The man allegedly leapt from the vessel Bay Mist into the Fore River at around 9 a.m. on July 2, when the ferry was returning to the Maine State Pier in Portland with about 90 passengers aboard, according to a news release issued by Coast Guard Sector Northern New England.
While approaching the dock, someone yelled that there was a man overboard, and the captain and crew began to stage a rescue attempt, before the reported jumper swam to the other side of the channel instead, according to the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard did not identify the man who allegedly jumped from the ferry.
“Intentionally jumping off a passenger vessel is an extremely dangerous act,” said Michael Baroody, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, in a statement. “It interferes with safe operation of the vessel and I have directed my staff to investigate each of these incidents and issue violations as appropriate.”
The Coast Guard can pursue civil penalties against anyone who interferes with the safe operation of a vessel, and the maximum fine is $33,333.