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Marshfield Man Free On $10K Bail, Friend Still Missing After Boat Crash

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Justin McDonald was arraigned in Plymouth Superior Court Monday morning.

Justin McDonald was arraigned in Plymouth Superior Court Monday morning.

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PLYMOUTH (CBS) – A Marshfield man was released on $10,000 bail Monday in connection with a weekend boating accident, while authorities scaled back the search for his missing friend.

23-year-old Zac Woods fell into the water Saturday night after the boat he was riding in hit a jetty off Brant Rock. He hasn’t been seen since.

Woods’s friend, 22-year-old Justin McDonald, was driving the boat. He also fell overboard, but was rescued by a kayaker.

Authorities say neither man was wearing a life jacket at the time of the crash.

McDonald was arraigned in Plymouth Superior Court Monday morning on drunk driving charges and released on $10,000 bail.

He had no comment for reporters outside court.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

Inside court, prosecutor Douglas Humphrey said McDonald admitted drinking ten beers in the hours leading up to the accident.

Referencing a report from Marshfield police, Humphrey noted that McDonald, “stated that he was, in his words, ‘a little buzzed, but was pretty good – not drunk.’ The Officer notes also that he seemed to show what the officer characterized as ‘no remorse and very little concern for the missing party.’”

McDonald’s attorney, Gregory Sullivan, called that characterization ludicrous.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

“This is my client’s best friend,” Sullivan said. “The police report says my client was unsteady on his feet. He had been in the water for over a half an hour and was rescued by a kayaker, barely able to breathe.”

The Coast Guard suspended its search for Woods Monday, but local authorities continued a scaled back search.

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