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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Drunken kayaker arrested

A MAN has lost his licence after he was arrested drunkenly operating a kayak in the Trinity Inlet yesterday.

At approximately midday, the man was operating a 3-metre kayak in an allegedly erratic and dangerous manner before bystanders saw the man fall from the kayak and have difficulty climbing back on board.

Ports North staff contacted police and provided assistance to the man. He was arrested by officers from the Cairns Water Police and transported to the Cairns Police Station for a breath test where he allegedly returned a positive reading of 0.241.

The man’s driver licence was immediately suspended, and he was charged with one count of driving a vessel whilst under the influence of liquor (UIL). He is due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on 22 September.

Officer in Charge of Cairns Water Police Sergeant Andrew Ibell issued a reminder about water.

“These types of incidents are a good reminder that anyone operating any type of watercraft must be under the legal alcohol limit,” he said.

“Had it not been for the intervention of Ports North staff members, it is likely that this event would have resulted in the loss of life.”

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