Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Police officer jumped onto and stopped out of control speedboat after drunk owner fell off

A man narrowly avoided being hit by his own out of control speedboat when he fell into Lake Zurich in Switzerland on Sunday.

The 56-year-old, who was later found to have been drinking, fell off his boat off the shore of B├Ąch. As he fell, he lent against the tiller, meaning the boat then started to turn in circles. The man then had to dive under the water several times to avoid it hitting him.

He was finally rescued from his predicament when a member of the Schwyz lake police, who happened to be passing, was able to stop the boat. The police officer was able to jump from his own vessel onto the errant speedboat and bring it under control.

After failing an alcohol breath test, the man’s boat licence was withdrawn immediately. Swiss drink-driving laws also apply to people in charge of a boat or other recreational craft on an inland lake. The blood alcohol limit for driving is 0.5mg/ml.

You can watch the video here.


Barbwire said...

I wish drunk driving laws applied to pleasure boat operators in the States. They can be a real danger to others.

Shak said...

It is illegal to boat while drunk in every state. I know a lot of people who sail and drink, though.