Boater Rescued, Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI

June 25, 2013

192[Updated] At around 10pm this evening [June 25] a 13-foot inflatable boat ran into difficulty off Spanish Point, and was towed ashore where the operator of the vessel was promptly arrested.

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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  1. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    is that shark still hanging around de Island?
    should have left them!

  2. Prayerful says:

    Does the boat driver go through the process of DUI and receive 1500 fine and one year off the waters?

    • BendEm Like Beckam says:

      I would hope so, but I don’t think you can take away someones license that they never had.

      I’m am baffled as to how someone can by a boat of any size, with any size motor(s)a away you go without any safety course or test taken. Should this not be priority one for the Bermuda Water Safety Concil?

      I’m not saying that taking an exam would have prevented this some type of education about the tides, danger spots, areas to take extra caution may have helped and certianly wouldn’t have helped.

      I believe this is now 4 this year, a Summer is just beginning!

      Please, BEFORE someone dies – Government / BWSC / – start requiring boat and Jetski owners / operators to take a course and be certified before being allowed to buy or operate one.

      Insurance Companies – please push for this as well, and refuse insurance to any NEW owners without a license!

  3. Truth is killin' me... says:

    “Your honor. I was just looki’ for the green bottlenose dolphins with the red stars on their backs that have just recently been sighted on North Shore!…(hic)….(hic)”

  4. Stewarrrrrt says:

    The yetty is back or is it the lumix ? Or some other random 400 lbs animal with no shoes allowed to drive small boats. Any other sightings please keep posted.

    • Teacher Teacher says:

      I can’t believe this “red man” is still being a nuisance. Who in their right mind would listen to his BS and allow this drunken fool to use their boat after injuring an innocent pdestrians leg and then getting off on a technicality?!

      To the owner of the boat. I feel sorry for you because there will be no repaying you…you will be another victim of his. Although he will promise to pay you with all his gold!

  5. Frankenstein says:

    Sasquatch must have been heading towards Flatts for his bath.