The owner and operator of the boat 20-year-old Emma Nahas was on before she drowned in Lake Erie was cited for boating while under the influence of alcohol.

Alex CuCu, 36, of Willoughby Hills, refused to take a breath test July 8, but Coast Guard maritime enforcement officer Tim Lieb gave CuCu a civil citation. A Coast Guard panel will decide whether he will be fined.

Investigators said they found numerous beer cans and a few liquor bottles on the boat.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office will decide whether charges will be filed in Nahas' death after conferring with Ohio Division of Watercraft investigators.

The division will complete its reports in about a week, after they receive toxicology test results from the coroner's officer, Investigator Jim Gorman said Wednesday.

Nahas was with eight friends on a 51-foot yacht when she and John Slyman, 31, jumped into the lake without life jackets about 8:30 p.m. July 8, after an evening of steady drinking, Gorman said. They were weak swimmers and struggled to stay above water when waves suddenly grew as a storm front moved into Cleveland, the investigator added.

She and Slyman were battling the wind and waves as the boat, which hadn't dropped anchor, was blown away from them. They yelled for help, Gorman said, and a man and two women jumped in to help them.

The man plunged into the pounding water without a life jacket, but the women each donned a life jacket and grabbed two more. They gave those to the two men, but Nahas was gone. The Coast Guard searched for her for 24 hours.

Eleven days later, on Monday afternoon, Nahas' body washed toward shore in Euclid. She was still wearing her bikini and there were no injuries, bruises or scratches on her body, Gorman said. She was found 30 yards offshore of East 249th Street and Lakeshore Boulevard. She had gone in near the East 55th Street marina.

The coroner's office used tattoos and dental records to confirm her identity.