Halibut Cove woman sentenced in seaplane incident

Marian Beck was sentenced to probation and fined on federal navigation interference charges

A Halibut Cove woman who was caught on tape in 2022 harassing a seaplane while it was taxiing through the cove was sentenced last week.

Marian Beck, 70, will serve three years probation with three months home confinement, pay a $9,500 fine and is required to relinquish her Master-Captain’s license to the U.S. Coast Guard, according to a Jan. 26 press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, District of Alaska Office.

Beck is owner of the Saltry restaurant in Halibut Cove and daughter of the late patriarch, Clem Tillion.

The case stems from an Aug. 23, 2022, incident, captured on video and widely circulated on social media, in which Beck is seen maneuvering her boat, the M/V Silver Bullet, in front of a floatplane as it taxied past the Saltry, throwing up a large wake.

According to the release, the court commented during the hearing that the sentence reflects the seriousness of the offense and sends a message to industry professionals to deter future criminal actions.

“Ms. Beck’s conscious disregard for the safety of the pilot and his passengers will not be tolerated,” U.S. Attorney S. Lane Tucker for the District of Alaska was quoted as saying in the release. “Seaplanes are an integral piece of Alaska and the pilots and passengers of these planes should be free to operate and travel freely within the state and elsewhere without harassment.”