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Boat standoff comes to an end in Carlsbad

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CARLSBAD (NEWS 8) - An hours-long standoff has come to an end in the North County Wednesday morning.

This all involved a sailor who refused to come off his sailboat along the Carlsbad shore Tuesday night. According to police, the man on the boat is named Kevin Seaman.

At around 3 a.m. Wednesday, Seaman was taken off the boat after he apparently had fallen asleep. Police said when he woke up he called for medics, reporting that he had several broken ribs.

On Tuesday, around 7 p.m. authorities became aware that Seaman's boat, Jenny Lee, had grounded and was caught in low tide.  The boat was visible from the Carlsbad State Beach campground.  

From 7 p.m. until 11:45 p.m., officers with Carlsbad Police Department attempted to get Seaman to come off of the boat and walk ashore, but Seaman refused.  He told police he did not need help and that he would have his friend tow the boat.  

At 12 a.m., the decision was made to leave Seaman on the boat and Parks and Recreation personnel sat on the shore and watched the boat.  They decided to remain nearby in case Seaman needed assistance.  

According to the Coast Guard, the boat appears damaged and cannot sail or motor on its own because the keel is damaged.

According to police, Seaman was not cited or arrested. He was taken to a nearby hospital, but the extent of his injuries are unknown.

Around 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday the boat was removed by a towboat. Mr. Seaman covered the cost of the tow.  

Chopper 8 footage of boat grounded after hours-long standoff in Carlsbad, Wednesday Nov. 28, 2018.

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