Two men get two-month jail sentence for drunkenly sailing yacht up the Liffey

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The court heard gardaí brought out on the water to help deal with the situation were told to “f*** off”.

File photo. Image: Caroline Quinn File photo. Image: Caroline Quinn A YACHT CAPTAIN and his shipmate have been given two-month jail sentences for being drunk while erratically sailing a pleasure boat at Dublin Port.

He imposed sentences of three months, with the final month suspended in each case, and both were fined €1,000. The sailing boat was cornered and began circling between three other vessels: the RNLI boat, a Dublin Port tugboat and a Dublin Fire Brigade craft. He accused the rescue boats and a harbour-master pilot’s boat of trapping his boat and he asked “what do you want?” but he added, “none of them would give me an answer”. He did not have a clue what was going on, he claimed.

He denied claims he used profanities and told the court, “I told them it was my God-given right to sail down the Liffey if I feel like it”.


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Thank goodness there weren’t sentencing guidelines for that. They could have gone home today.

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