Bridgeport Police Marine Unit patrol Connecticut waters searching for dangerous boaters

The Marine Unit for Bridgeport Police hit the water on Wednesday and will be working all weekend long - day and night looking for dangerous boaters.

Jeff Derderian

Jul 4, 2024, 10:33 PM

Updated 10 days ago

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On a pristine summer day, the sun shines through the clouds - ideal conditions for a day on the water.
But, Lt. Bill Simpson and his team from the Bridgeport Police Marine Unit are hard at work this weekend. From Stratford to Fairfield, they patrol diligently, ensuring the safety of boaters and swimmers alike. Their vessel, the Moose, is both formidable and conspicuous, intentionally so.
"We're out here to make sure everyone stays safe," Lt. Simpson asserts. "If you're the captain, it's not about fun—it's about responsibility."
The Marine Unit for Bridgeport Police hit the water on Wednesday and will be working all weekend long - day and night looking for dangerous boaters.
A primary concern for the officers is impaired boating, particularly due to alcohol. They conduct spot checks, verify paperwork, and inspect safety equipment to prevent tragedies on the water.
"Alcohol and water don't mix," Officer Simpson emphasizes. "It impairs your judgment, balance and reaction time—making accidents potentially deadly."
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol is the leading cause of fatal boating incidents. Despite the risks, the Marine Unit has noticed responsible behavior among jet skiers so far this season, reminding them to steer clear of designated swim areas.
Yet, even on such a flawless day, nature can be unpredictable. "With the heat and humidity today, thunderstorms can develop suddenly," warns Officer Goncalves.
It's a critical message: On the water, a blood alcohol content of .08 is as illegal and dangerous as on the road, inviting severe penalties, including arrest on the spot and hefty fines.


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