Police: Drunk Sarasota Charter Boat Captain held passengers captive for 12 hours

Police: Drunk Sarasota Charter Boat Captain held passengers captive for 12 hours


REPORTER: THE SHERIFF IS SORRY THIS HAPPENED TO ELIZABETH, AND THEY’RE INVESTIGATING THAT ALL PROPER PROTOCOLS WERE CALLED. IT SOUNDS LIKE A CHARTER BOAT TRIP YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO BE ON. SARASOTA POLICE ARRESTED A CAPTAIN FOR DRINKING ON THE JOB, AND AS JOHN ROGERS SHOWS US, THE CAPTAIN’S PASSENGERS TELL A HIGH SEAS TALE OF DRUGS AND GUN FIRE THAT HAD THEM FEARING FOR THEIR LIVES. REPORTER: THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM. EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, A GROUP OF MEN SET OUT ON A 12-HOUR FISHING TRIP. THE PASSENGERS HIRED CHARTER BOAT CAPTAIN MARK BAILEY TO TAKE THEM 60 MILES INTO THE GULF. WHILE OUT THERE, THEY SAY THE CAPTAIN WAS DRINKING HEAVILY AND BECAME ANGRY WHEN 15-YEAR-OLD JASON RIALMO GRABBED A BEER FOR HIS UNCLE. HE CAME AND SNATCHED MY CHAIN FROM MY NECK. REPORTER: OTHER MEN CAME OVER AND HE THREATENED TO SHOOT THEM. ONCE WE SAW HOW STRUNG OUT HE WAS, IT BECAME A VOLATILE SITUATION. REPORTER: THEY SAY HE CONTINUED TO DRINK AND THEN STARTED TO DO COCAINE, THEN TOOK OUT A HAND GUN AND FIRED SHOTS INTO THE AIR. AT THAT POINT WE WERE KIND OF WAITING FOR SOMETHING HORRIBLE TO HAPPEN, FOR HIM TO COME DOWN THE STAIRS WITH THE GUN. I RUN INSIDE DUCKING LIKE I CAN’T GET SHOT TODAY. REPORTER: THE PASSENGERS BEGGED FOR CALM AND PLEADED TO BE TAKEN BACK TO SHORE. THE CAPTAIN CLAIMED TO OBLIGE, BUT THEN STARTED SAILING IN CIRCLES. WE WERE LIKE OKAY THIS IS A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION. REPORTER: WHEN THEY CAME WITHIN CELL PHONE RANGE, THEY CALLED AUTHORITIES. 17 HOURS AFTER THE TRIP BEGAN, BAILEY DOCKED AND WAS PROMPTLY ARRESTED. THE SARASOTA POLICE AND U.S. COAST GUARD ARE INVESTIGATING. THE GROUP IS JUST HAPPY TO BE ALIVE.

4 thoughts on “Police: Drunk Sarasota Charter Boat Captain held passengers captive for 12 hours

  • June 5, 2019 at 3:30 am
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    Well at least it wasn't boring was it?
    That just might have been more excitement than most people can stand. Just lucky someone wasn't hurt.🚢🐒🐵🐊

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  • June 5, 2019 at 4:15 am
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    Wtf they are lucky he didn't kill them.

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  • June 5, 2019 at 4:47 am
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    Then he demanded who ate the quart of strawberries

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  • June 6, 2019 at 12:33 am
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    If he had an eye patch this story would be perfect.

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