A Bermuda Maritime Operations spokesperson said that they received a report at 10.05pm from members of the Spanish Point Boat Club.
The Club members had seen a boat traveling, and then heard the engine cut out and lost sight of the boat’s lights indicating that the boat experienced some form of an issue.
The police responded, and Spanish Point Boat Club members also sprung to action taking out one of their own boats.
The Club members found the boat, and safely towed it back to shore along with its two occupants. They were greeted at the dock by waiting police officers, who questioned and subsequently arrested the boat driver.
The Bermuda Maritime Operations confirmed the boat was a 13 foot inflatable Apex, and Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines confirmed that the boat operator was arrested on “suspicion of operating a marine vessel under the influence of alcohol.”
Update June 26, 1.22pm: The police said it appears that a boat ran aground on the shoreline near the club, and that the man who was arrested is a 40 year old Smith’s parish man. The full police statement follows below.
Around 10:15pm on Tuesday, June 25th police officers responded to a reported marine incident in the vicinity of the Spanish Point Boat Club.
It appears that a boat ran aground on the shoreline near the club. There were no reported injuries; however the alleged boat operator, a 40 year old Smith’s parish man, was arrested on suspicion of operating a marine vessel while impaired. Inquiries into this incident are ongoing.
Update 4.09pm: A man was charged in Court today in relation to this incident. Details here.
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