A warning issued to boaters from police: stay off the booze when on the water.
Right now, there are no laws in place to stop people drinking while operating boats.
Police say the onus lies in the hands of the captains to make sure people are safe and tragedy avoided.
On Monday (16 May), police received reports a man had jumped into the water while, highly intoxicated.
He vanished and was only found after other vessels joined in the search. Police said these incidents put a huge strain on resources.
“We had several boats out there. We had private vessels, we had police vessels, we had DOE, we had fire department,” said Chief Inspector Brad Ebanks.
“We knew where he went in, according to the witnesses, couldn’t be found. These types of incidents are really, really putting people at risk and it really puts a stress on our resources who have to go out and look for these people who really bring it upon themselves.”
The missing man was eventually found some two hours after jumping into the water. He’d swam to a boat that was anchored off shore and waited there until he was located.