AUGUSTA, Maine — Three agencies will collaborate later this week to enforce “Operation Dry Water” in attempt to crack down on intoxicated boating.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Marine Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard will enforce the nationwide operation in Maine on Friday, according to Doug Rafferty, spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

A news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Municipal Boat Landing in Gardiner, Rafferty said.

The operation aims to keep drunken boaters off Maine’s waterways, Rafferty said. It is illegal to operate a boat in Maine with an alcohol level of .08 or higher.

Alcohol is the No. 1 factor in recreational boating deaths nationwide, and Operation Dry Water resulted in 337 arrests and 4,519 citations across the country. Rafferty said alcohol was blamed in one Maine boating fatality last year.


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