Los Angeles County lifeguards keep watch over the beach in Venice Beach. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles County lifeguards keep watch over the beach in Venice Beach. Photo by John Schreiber.

Editor’s Note: Charges against Chris Bernd Laukenmann of boating under the influence were dismissed in August 2016 as reported by MyNewsLA.com in a subsequent article.

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A 52-year-old sailboat captain was arrested Tuesday after his craft ran aground and nearly capsized at Venice Beach.

The sailboat ran aground between the Venice and Santa Monica piers around midnight. Los Angeles police officers arrived first and helped four people get from the boat to shore, according to Lt. Marco Munoz of the LAPD’s Pacific Station.

“The captain of the boat was possibly under the influence so we notified the sheriff’s Marina del Rey Station,” Munoz said.

Chris Bernd Laukenmann, 52, was booked on suspicion of boating while under the influence of alcohol, according to the watch commander at the sheriff’s Marina del Rey Station. He was released on $5,000 bail.

The sailboat was left along the surf line until the captain could make arrangements to have it removed, Montoya said.

— City News Service

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