Boatie scolded after falling from dinghy

Swimming under the influence of alcohol and without a lifejacket – equals a police telling off. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

A boatie who fell out of his dinghy at Pilot Bay, made it ashore only to face a reprimand from police called to the scene.

Police were diverted to Pilot Bay from a search in Arataki for two missing children, and according to witnesses, were unhappy to find the boatie had been drinking and wasn’t wearing a lifejacket when he tipped out of his dinghy.

A witness says they gave the boatie “a good talking to”.

Police were called shortly before 8pm and notified that a man had capsized his boat and appeared to be struggling in the water, says a police spokesperson today.

He was described as being around 50-60m off shore. He made his own way to shore and Police arrived at about the same time as he came ashore.

“There are no charges, but we did speak to him, and I imagine that included reiterating the importance of wearing a life jacket, as he does not appear to have been wearing one,” says the police spokesperson.



Posted on 01-02-2018 12:11 | By Kendra

No wonder we have high drownings number. Cloth ears!

Compulsory lifejackets?

Posted on 01-02-2018 12:06 | By nerak

When? I must be mistaken, but I thought the rule was in, in the Bay. If not, why not?

What a Wally

Posted on 01-02-2018 10:50 | By Taffy

Should be fined for wasting police time and just as well the children were located safe and well,,especially with police having to be diverted to oversee this idiot.

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