Alabama Marine Police said today they have charged a Panama City, Fla., captain with boating under the influence after the fishing vessel he was operating -- valued at more than $2.5 million -- hit an obstruction and sank in Perdido Pass.
James Cooper of Panama City was arrested when the 61-foot ******** sank Wednesday night, said Officer Rick Miller of the Marine Police office in Orange Beach.
Miller said the boat apparently attempted to pass between the jetties on the east side of the entrance and the beach rather than going around the rocks and entering the marked channel. The boat hit a low wall under the water surface.
The Coast Guard station in Pensacola received a call at 9:42 p.m. Wednesday that the vessel was taking on water, said Petty Officer Vance Pedrick.
A Coast Guard response vessel was dispatched from Pensacola along with boats from Alabama Marine Police and the Alabama Department of Natural Resources.
No injuries were reported. Miller said the boat was coming to Orange Beach for a fishing tournament