Alleged drunk boatie charged after falling overboard

A man has been charged with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol after falling overboard and having to be rescued by police on the NSW Central Coast yesterday.

It’s understood the man was operating an aluminum runabout in Brisbane Water off Koolewong around 5pm, when he reportedly fell overboard while on a video call with his family.

Emergency services were alerted to the fall and officers from Brisbane Water Police Area Command rushed to the scene.


“With the assistance of a member of the public, police boarded his vessel and conducted a large water search with the assistance of the Marine Area Command and the 26-year-old man was located adrift in water off Point Clare,” NSW Police said.

He was rescued and subjected to a breath test, which returned a positive result.

The man was arrested and taken to Woy Woy Police Station, where a breath analysis returned an alleged reading of 0.168.

He was issued a court attendance notice for operate vessel with high range PCA and is due to appear at Gosford Local Court on Thursday 7 April.