Sink­ing tin­nie lands skip­per in deep wa­ter

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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