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Mon Aug 3, 2020, 07:03 AM

Coronavirus updates: Arrests after illicit party boat with 170 guests cruises around New York City

Source: ABC News

The owners and captain of The Liberty Belle, a large riverboat that can fit up to 600 guests with four bars and three outdoor decks, have been arrested after flouting the rules and hosting a party on Saturday with more than 170 guests on board.

Ronny Vargas and Alex Suazo, the boat's owners, were arrested on Saturday night and accused of violating a number of state law provisions.

"Deputy Sheriffs intercept the Liberty Belle at Pier 36 & arrest owners and captain for illegal party: violation of social distancing provisions of the Mayor's and Governor's Emergency Orders, Alcohol Beverage Control Law: unlicensed bar & bottle club & Navigation Law," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The Sheriff's Office also said that the captain of the boat, who was not identified, was issued a summons for not displaying its identification number.

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/US/coronavirus-updates-arrests-illicit-party-boat-170-guests/story?id=72141617&cid=clicksource_4380645_2_heads_hero_live_hero_hed

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Reply Coronavirus updates: Arrests after illicit party boat with 170 guests cruises around New York City (Original post)
groundloop Aug 3 OP
Sherman A1 Aug 3 #1
soothsayer Aug 3 #2
Hortensis Aug 3 #3
BumRushDaShow Aug 3 #4
Marcuse Aug 3 #6
CanonRay Aug 3 #7
Marcuse Aug 3 #8
Lucky Luciano Aug 3 #11
sir pball Aug 3 #13
BumRushDaShow Aug 3 #12
Tanuki Aug 3 #5
austinrlm Aug 3 #9
marble falls Aug 3 #10
Marcuse Aug 3 #15
live love laugh Aug 5 #18
not_the_one Aug 3 #14
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Aug 3 #16
lapucelle Aug 3 #17

Response to groundloop (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 07:09 AM

1. Good

That is how it should be done.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 07:38 AM

2. Yes indeed!

Itís a shame it has to come to this

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 07:39 AM

3. Good. Hiding the boat's ID # didn't work, huh?

Hopefully those who hired the boat and organized the violations will also be subject to arrest.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 07:47 AM

4. That boat was originally here in Philly and was sold at auction back in 2013

while undergoing repairs down in Baltimore.





https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/08/29/going-going-gone-riverboat-sold-for-more-than-300k-at-baltimore-auction/

Once it was sold, it chugged on up to NY and belonged to this group (who I suppose sold/leased it to the 2 mentioned in the OP article) - http://captainjpcruise.com/liberty-belle/

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 10:11 AM

6. I'm surprised it was Atlantic Ocean worthy.

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Response to Marcuse (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 10:18 AM

7. I think it stays in the Hudson river

I don't believe it ventures out to sea.

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 10:19 AM

8. How did it get from Baltimore to New York?

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Response to Marcuse (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 10:30 AM

11. Intracoastal waterway?

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 12:14 PM

13. East River

The booze cruises in NYC generally stay in the East River, between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Hudson is a major commercial waterway; East River is all jetskis and tourist boats.

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Response to Marcuse (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 12:00 PM

12. I don't see why not

Although it's obviously not like one of the big ocean liners it apparently steamed on down the Delaware river to near where it empties into the Delaware Bay and I expect it cut across the MD/DE peninsula's "Chesapeake & Delaware Canal" (which I didn't even know existed but it obviously makes sense that it does exist ) to get to Baltimore. As long as it hugged the coast, it should be fine. It was apparently built in 1997, so it's not like it's a "vintage" wooden river paddle boat (and I read its max speed was something like 9 mph). It's also possible that a tug dragged it too.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 09:35 AM

5. Meanwhile, maskless revelers are partying in Nashville like there's

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 10:25 AM

9. Party Boat full of fools

I am amazed how people can just ignore what is taking place and put their lives, as well as everybody they come into contact with, in danger

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Response to austinrlm (Reply #9)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 10:27 AM

10. They thought they were on the East River, they were really in denial.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #10)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 12:23 PM

15. Or the Styx.

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Response to austinrlm (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 12:33 AM

18. Welcome to DU!

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 12:20 PM

14. I wonder how many were actually city residents, (ok, there ARE stupid New Yorkers...)

or brought in for the "protest".

They should all be tested, and if there is a single test positive, all should be forced to isolate for two weeks. And monitored.

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 02:54 PM

16. COVIDIOTS

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Response to groundloop (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 04:04 PM

17. "It was later than I thought when I first believed that I cannot share your laughter

ship of fools."


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