Skipper of borrowed boat that hit reef is fined
Friday 4th October 2013, 10:20AM BST.
A CAPTAIN who sparked a major rescue operation after crashing a borrowed boat into a reef outside St Sampson’s Harbour has been fined £200 for navigating without due care and attention.
Paul Duquemin, 52, of Clayton House, New Road, pleaded guilty to the charge in the Magistrate’s Court. He had borrowed the boat from a friend and gone to Herm with four friends on 12 July. They went to the Mermaid Tavern, but later received a request for assistance from another crew in Herm Harbour.
Mr Duquemin offered to give the stranded crew a lift back to Guernsey but as the vessel approached St Sampson’s Harbour it struck a reef and Mr Duquemin placed a mayday call. Emergency services spent more than three hours getting the group off the boat and four people had to be taken to hospital.
Crown Advocate Gary Perry said Mr Duquemin was asked to give a voluntary breath sample, but he declined. Mr Duquemin told the court he had only ordered one-and-a-half pints in Herm and he had not finished those.
He said he’d approached St Sampson’s from the south. With people on the full boat milling around he lost sight of the marker lights. He slowed to 20mph and suddenly realised he should turn. ‘I turned,’ he said. ‘Just 20ft too late.’