Sinking tinnie lands skipper in deep water
TWO men had to be rescued last night after they capsized a tinnie in Cleveland Bay. But that was just the start of their troubles. Townsville police communications officer-incharge Sergeant Greg Heathcote said search and rescue crews were called after members of the Townsville Outrigger Canoe Club saw the men fall out of the boat near Benwell Rd and rushed to their aid. When officers arrived, the 27-year-old boat driver was charged with drink driving and operating an uninsured vehicle after he allegedly recorded a blood-alcohol concentration of .062 per cent. Sgt Heathcote said the accident was a reminder to boaties to make sure they didn’t fall under the influence of alcohol. ‘‘ Whether you’re driving a motor vehicle or operating a vessel, the same rules apply and the alcohol limit is still the same,’’ he said. ‘‘ It is also a good reminder to make sure you have all your safety equipment on board.’’ Sgt Heathcote said the man would appear in Townsville Magistrates Court. Maritime Safety Queensland states boat skippers must stay under the limit no matter if they are under way, anchored or moored. It states the effects of alcohol are enhanced when on the water because of sun and the motion of the boat.