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Old 07 August 2006, 17:38   #1
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Drunk in charge

I'm sure this has been covered before, I did a search but couldnt find what I was looking for. A friend of a friend, (honestly now that doesnt mean me!!) has a habit of going out and getting drunk to the point of being almost unable to stand and then attempting to pilot a very powerful and expensive speed boat back to the marina. Following the most recent episode he managed to tear his prop off on something (he said it fell off, I dont believe him) the passenger, also very drunk, called the coast guard on a mobile (no vhf) and he was subsequently towed by them back to a pontoon and then towed back to the marina by a friend that he managed to hold of. To the best of my knowledge there are no specific restrictions with regard to drinking and boating, however there must surely be a limit as to how reckless an individual can be, what is the limit and the maximum punishments?
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Old 07 August 2006, 17:59   #2
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Depends how many people you kill.

Personally I think there should be a drink/drive limit for watercraft in British Territorial Waters-with the penalty being the loss of your boat.
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Old 07 August 2006, 18:01   #3
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I agree entirely, this idiots boat is capable of 55mph, the consequences of that ploughing into just about anything at that speed dont bare thinking about.
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Lets just hope it's hard and rocky, away from anyone else and he's solo at the time.

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Old 07 August 2006, 18:06   #5
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Times article here
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Old 07 August 2006, 18:08   #6
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Lol, I have to entirely agree with you again.

Surely though there is some sort of penalty if you're a danger to others or just plain wasting the coast guards time.
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Cheers Ribald, interesting and disturbing reading that.
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If you get caught doing that in the US, even on the large lakes. It's go directly to jail and do not pass go. It is treated just like a car drunk driving offense in most States. Which, by the way, is a criminal offense, not a civil offense, not a misdemeanor or a small fine. Hand cuffs and iron bars, 30 days in prison is the result. Also, in Arizona , exceeding the speed limit on the road by 20mph, or more, is also a criminal offense, hand cuffs and iron bars again plus loss of license for 1 year. Had to pay by brief $3000 to get me off one unfortunate incident, and my blood test was only 30% of the legal limit. Judge tore the cop a new a/hole for wasting the courts time. Good for him, but cannot get my 3 grand back. T.
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cheers TG!

This is far too common tho'
I was inspecting a damaged avon RIB than was run over on coes firework night by another boat (no one hurt), susupect the helmsman wasn't sober.
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