Federal law enforcement officers seized a sailboat in Bar Harbor Friday afternoon after its crew reportedly violated customs rules in Canada.

U.S. Customs searches, seizes sailboat

BAR HARBOR – Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating an incident involving a sailboat and crew that arrived here after failing to report their arrival in Canada following a voyage from the Caribbean.

The captains and crews of any vessels arriving from international waters are required to report their arrival in the United States or Canada, according to Sean Smith, a public affairs specialist with U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The Margi III arrived in Bar Harbor Friday and soon became the focus of an investigation involving personnel from CBP, the U. S. Coast Guard and Maine State Police. According to a witness, three people were aboard the boat although that has not been confirmed by CBP.

Authorities conducted a search of the boat while it was tied up at the Bar Harbor town pier. A canine unit was part of the procedure.

Later in the day, the Coast Guard towed the vessel to Southwest Harbor where it was put on a mooring near the Manset Town Dock.

Smith did not disclose any details about the crew or if anyone was charged. “Due to privacy laws, CBP is prohibited from discussing any further details,” he wrote in an email.

Failure to report an arrival from international waters could result in warnings, a fine or “more severe consequences,” he said.

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