Woman pays fine for jumping off boat into Frenchman Bay

The Acadian rests at its dock. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

BAR HARBOR — A New Jersey woman who jumped off a sightseeing boat in July on a dare has agreed to pay an $800 civil fine to resolve an allegation that she interfered with the safe operation of a commercial sightseeing vessel, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced last week. 

According to the civil complaint, on July 15, 2021, Marybeth C. Greer, of Ridgewood, N.J., jumped off the M/V Acadian as it was docking in Frenchman Bay, in the waters of Bar Harbor. As a result, the vessel’s crew had to deploy a ladder to retrieve Greer and disengaged the vessel’s propeller to prevent injury to her. 

Prosecutors said that a video was captured of the woman admitting to doing it for a $500 bet offered by her brother. 

The boat, which is owned by Acadian Boat Tours, is a 65-foot long, two-story vessel and can hold a maximum of 149 passengers.  

The Coast Guard investigated the case. Greer cooperated throughout the investigation. She had faced a fine of up to $25,000. 

Faith DeAmbrose

Faith DeAmbrose

Managing Editor at Mount Desert Islander

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