Gold Coast prankster fined over Tweed River stunt

A Gold Coast prankster who drove a car and boat trailer into the Tweed River as part of a YouTube stunt, has been spared jail.

Willem Ungermann, also known as Willem Powerfish, was facing a fine of up to a million dollars and up to seven years in jail over the incident in November 2019.

The online video attracted more than a million views following the stunt.


But Police did not see the funny side, hitting him with five charges after the car sank, causing a fuel spill in the river.

Ungermann pleaded guilty to the charges including negligently disposing of waste causing environmental harm.

The 35-year-old was today fined $15,100 and placed on a three-year good behaviour bond.

“I’m very remorseful for my actions, “I think I’ve definitely matured a lot since those sort of videos,” Ungermann said outside Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday.

“I’m very happy with the outcome today.”