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Three rescued on the Black River; State police arrest operator for boating-under-the-influence

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Three people were rescued Friday night from a 16-foot vessel taking on water near the Dexter Dam on the Black River by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Jefferson County Special Tactics and Response Team. The operator of the vessel was issued a boating-under-the-influence ticket by the New York state police.

While conducting a post-rescue boarding, the boarding officer noticed that the operator appeared to be intoxicated, according to a news release about the incident.

According to the release, the operator become uncooperative and verbally abusive to authorities when asked to run through a series of field sobriety tests. He eventually become combative and had to be restrained by state police, authorities said.

Police said his blood alcohol content was .221. The BAC limit in New York waters is .08.

A state police report about the incident lists the operator, Mahase Ramlakhan, 29, Watertown, as having been charged with disorderly conduct and boating-under-the-influence and released to a third party.

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