U.S. sailor detained in Dubai for swearing
A 74-year-old Washington state resident is being held by customs officials in Dubai for allegedly swearing at them while on shore leave from an APL vessel docked in the Middle East city.
The television station NWCN in King County, Wash. reported that Chuck Maringer was detained for failing to apologize to an official that he swore at. Maringer, in a story relayed to family, said he swore after he and two other sailors were detained for more than an hour at the customs house after shopping in Dubai.
The report said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., were aware of the situation, while the Sailors Union of the Pacific is lobbying the U.S. government to intervene.
Maringer was a crew member on the APL Truman, according to the report.