Man fined for drink boating on Loch Lomond

Court heard that Andrew Kelly was so drunk that he almost fell off the pier when police spoke to him

A man seen behaving “suspiciously”, who ran out of fuel on Loch Lomond and had to be towed to shore by concerned park rangers, has been fined for drink boating.

A court heard that Andrew Kelly, 38, was so drunk when he returned to shore that he almost fell off the pier when police spoke to him.

Kelly, of Castlemilk, Glasgow, was on his father’s 18ft cabin cruiser, along with a young child and a dog, at the time of the incident on 17 July 2011.

A witness called the police after considering his behaviour suspicious, and when park rangers towed him back to shore police officers were waiting for him.

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Kelly was tried at Stirling Sheriff Court and fined £450.

Brent Bissett, prosecuting, said, “They [park rangers] observed the accused driving the boat, and he was stationed at the wheel. The accused stated he hadn’t been driving. A few minutes later his boat ran out of fuel.”

It is understood that Kelly is the first person to be prosecuted for drink boating on Loch Lomond.

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