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Drunken Sailor Runs His Boat Aground After Passing Out

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There's an old song that asks "what shall we do with the drunken sailor?" and, this weekend in Laguna Beach, authorities were faced with that exact predicament. The answer was to arrest him, since he'd managed to run his boat aground while passed out.Stephen Michael Fryer, 47, of San Diego was found by authorities responding to the call of a sailboat grounded at Cleo Street Beach around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to ABC7. The boat, called the "Why Knot," still had its motor running.

Fryer reportedly refused to get out of the boat, and appeared intoxicated. He was ultimately hauled off the vessel by lifeguards.

The allegedly "drunken sailor" was "booked on suspicion of boating under the influence of alcohol."

Monday morning found authorities still trying to get the estimated 30-foot long sailboat off the beach. (We're just guessing that Monday morning found Fryer with a hangover.)