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Key West man crashes his boat, injuring two passengers. He was drunk, Coast Guard says

Kevin Scott Lancaster’s booking photo. The Key West man was arrested and charged with boating under the influence and damaging property after being cited by the U.S. Coast Guard on May 10, 2019.
Kevin Scott Lancaster’s booking photo. The Key West man was arrested and charged with boating under the influence and damaging property after being cited by the U.S. Coast Guard on May 10, 2019. Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Using language straight out a Hollywood action movie, the U.S. Coast Guard said it has “terminated the voyage” of a 20-foot vessel after its boater crashed into a navigational light in the Florida Keys.

Two passengers were injured, while another was ejected into the water, the Coast Guard said.

The crash happened Friday night when Kevin Scott Lancaster’s console boat with eight people on board crashed into Garrison Bight Channel Light #3, near Fleming Key.

The Coast Guard said Lancaster, 50, of Key West, was boating under the influence when he hit and damaged the light. A crew from the Coast Guard’s Key West station rescued the passenger who had been thrown overboard. The other two were airlifted to a local hospital.

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Garrison Bight Channel Light #3 structure is damaged after being hit by a 20-foot console boat driven by Kevin Scott Lancaster, with eight aboard, on May 10, 2019. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard cited Lancaster for boating under the influence, gross negligence and having an inadequate number of life jackets on his craft. He was arrested by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on the three misdemeanor charges, and the Coast Guard brought the other uninjured passengers to the shore.

“Boating under the influence is just as deadly as driving under the influence,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Andzelik, a Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstander.

“The Coast Guard will not tolerate putting yourselves and others in danger on the water. You wouldn’t get in your vehicle intoxicated; don’t get in your boat intoxicated,” Andzelik added in a news release.

The Coast Guard didn’t release the names or condition of the injured passengers. They did say, however, that Garrison Bight Channel Light #3 was working properly at the time of the crash.

Lancaster has a court date scheduled for May 23, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

A U.S. Coast Guard unit responded to a report of a capsized boat three miles of the coast of Bayport, Florida on March 30, 2019, to rescue three adults and a 12-year-old boy after the boaters accidentally tipped their boat while fishing.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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