New Year’s voyage ends with tow to shore and charges
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Stephen Taylor email@example.com A BOATIE’S frolic with friends in his half-cabin runabout on New Year’s Eve turned sour when they ran out of petrol at sea off Mordialloc and discovered there were not enough life jackets, had no anchor or fire extinguisher and the distress flares were out of date. The Cranbourne man, 43, has been charged on summons with failing to take care when operating a vessel and is expected to appear at court at a later date. The man, a mate and three 18 –yearold girls launched the 4.6 metre fibreglass boat at Frankston intending to cruise to Docklands to watch the fireworks. On the way they skylarked in a ski tube off Frankston in the fine conditions and light westerly wind. The man allegedly told the group that the boat had the required safety equipment on board. After watching the fireworks the mate decided to stay in the city while the man and three girls began motoring the 20km back to Frankston about 12.30am. Police said the man did not check on how much fuel was left in the two 25-litre removable tanks and passed easily accessible fuel outlets at St Kilda and Southland. At 2.30am, about two nautical miles off Mordialloc, they ran out of fuel.
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Without an anchor the boat’s bow could not be held in position in the small chop and, as it drifted, the group realised they had no idea where they were. One of the girls ignited two flares to alert other boats in the area. They were six years out of date and one exploded in her face, causing minor burns. Another girl dialled 000, but Water Police said they had trouble finding the boat because they could only be given an approximate location. The three girls then noticed that there was only one life jacket on board. Water police managed to find the stricken boat at 3.50am and the three girls were taken on board. The boatie was given an approved life jacket and towed back to Mordialloc pier where he was interviewed by police.
Bag snatch attempt A WOMAN in her mid-30s was attacked by up to five teenagers who tried to steal her backpack, 8.45am, Thursday 6 April. Detective Senior Constable Mitchell Hardisty, of Frankston CIU, said the woman noticed the group when she was walking along Hastings Rd, Frankston, near Foot St. One of the teenagers rode his bike into the back of her legs and tried unsuccessfully to pull the backpack off her shoulder. Nothing was stolen in the attack but the woman received bruising to her legs. Anyone with
information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
Explosives charges A SEAFORD man, 31, will face Frankston Magistrates’ Court in June charged with manufacturing and storing explosives. Detectives executing a drugs warrant on the man’s property, Thursday 6 April, thought they had come across a clandestine drug laboratory after allegedly finding a white powder. However, specialist units later discounted that assumption. Detective Senior Constable Adam Pagram, of Frankston CIU, said police would allege powders were found in the garage which are consistent with the making of explosives.
Couple’s court date over drugs A WOMAN, 60, and a man, in his late 30s, have been charged with cultivating a drug of dependence after police raided a Seaford property, Friday 7 April. Detective Senior Constable Lonie Butler, of Frankston CIU, said police found six cannabis plants growing in the garden and an amount of cash during the raid. The pair will appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
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