- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard reported three incidents of lasers being pointed at two of their boats and a Dolphin rescue helicopter within the last three weeks, none of which resulted in any injuries.

An 87-foot patrol boat was hit Tuesday by a green laser reportedly coming from inland while patrolling near Sanibel Island. On the same day, a Dolphin rescue helicopter crew was struck by a green laser originating from land about a mile south of Punta Salina, Puerto Rico.

Another vessel reported a laser strike last month while it inspected a recreational boat around the Venetian Causeway in Miami.

A Coast Guard spokesman says pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime, and their attorneys have advised them that doing it to a vessel could be, too.



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