Man goes tipsy turvy over turtle
AN ELDERLY man who was pulled from the water in a drunken stupor earlier this year after his boat capsized off Point Vernon fronted the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday.
Kevin Sharp was fishing in his three-metre rubber boat on June 17 when he swerved to miss a turtle and ended up in the water.
The 65-year-old was rescued by a local fisherman who spotted a struggling Sharp and brought him back to shore.
Police were called to the Gatakers Bay Boat Ramp to investigate and Sharp told them he had consumed one glass of wine with lunch.
He was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital where tests revealed his blood alcohol level was .199.
He later told police that he had a “big night” the night before for the second State of Origin game and had drunk vodka until about 4.20am.
When Magistrate Tom Killeen asked Sharp if he had anything to say for himself, Sharp sai:d: “It was just one of those unfortunate events that I hope never happens again”.
Mr Killeen told Sharp he was lucky there were bigger boats nearby or he could have drowned.
He fined him $500.