Hovercraft Pilot Found Three Times Over the Legal Alcohol Limit
Richard Pease, who was controlling the hovercraft between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, complained about feeling unwell, and so another crew member was forced to take over the craft, which was carrying 36 passengers.
After the journey, Richard Pease was breathalysed, and it was discovered that in 100ml of breath, he had had 96 micrograms of alcohol, nearly three times the legal limit of 35 micrograms.
Pease pleaded guilty to one charge of being a master of a hovercraft having consumed excess alcohol.
A spokesperson of the hovercraft company said, “Hovertravel has reviewed their robust procedures and concluded they were implemented successfully on the day.
“This ensured that any risk to health and safety was mitigated.
“Regular training and a clear understanding of our safety procedures gave our crew the confidence to react appropriately to the situation.”
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