A man was arrested for drink-driving just 15 minutes after
police rescued him and his friend when their jet-boat got
into difficulty in Queenstown last night.
The two men - aged in their early 20s - had been spotted by a
member of the public after the boat crashed into rocks near
the Kawarau Falls Bridge around 10.45pm.
The boat was seen being pushed off a rock and hit another
before being pushed off again and moving down stream, police
The member of the public was concerned the vessel was in low
water and may not be under control, and phoned emergency
The pair were found by CoastGuard at 11.24pm, about 100m
downstream of the bridge, police said. Their boat had
sustained some damage but the two men were uninjured.
"The males indicated they had been travelling up the river
when they got caught out by low water and lack of light,"
police said, adding the vessel was equipped with flares, a
radio and lifejackets.
A vehicle and boat trailer was nearby. However, as the pair
had been drinking they were advised not to drive and to make
But 15 minutes later, the vehicle and boat trailer was
stopped by police with one of the men behind the steering
"He failed a breath screening test and was processed for
drink-driving," police said.
The Queenstown harbour master has been advised of the boating