TowboatUS captain charged with drunken boating

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Boynton Beach TowboatUS Capt. Timothy R. Pooler was charged with drunken boating after rescuing two boaters and towing their boat around in circles for several hours.

Last week, Pooler was dispatched to rescue two men in a disabled boat 25 miles off Delray Beach, Fla., according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.

But according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Pooler, 63, arrived drunk four hours after being dispatched and for several hours towed the disabled boat in circles.

Eventually he asked the men, Lionel Casey and Lewis Dames of Fort Lauderdale, to drive his towboat, which then ran out of fuel. Casey and Dames took fuel from their boat, which regained power after the engine had cooled sufficiently.

About 12 hours after their initial breakdown a second towboat delivered the men to shore — in Jupiter, 30 miles north of their departure point.

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