Capt. of sunk ship cited as drunk

July 2, 2008 9:29:08 PM PDT
The captain of a 71-foot fishing boat that sank off the central Jersey coast early today has been charged with being drunk at the helm. State police say 44-year-old Shawn Rose of Wellfleet, Mass., was cited for operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test.

He was released on his own recognizance.

The vessel, known as the Susan II, carried between 1,000 and 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

Officials say a small amount of diesel fuel and lubricating oil was released before divers from a salvage crew prevented further seepage by sealing the fuel tank vents.

But the spill didn't pose any type of hazard.