From Iceland — Man Arrested For Drunk Sailing Was Conducting Ferry

Man Arrested For Drunk Sailing Was Conducting Ferry

Published August 29, 2019

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Sigtryggur Ari

Update: The source for this news has updated its information to say that the man in question was conducting the ferry between Reykjavík harbour and Viðey; not a whale watching tour as previously reported.

Last night, police reported they had arrested a man for drunk sailing. More details have since come to light.

Vísir reports that the man in question was arrested last night at Ægisgarður, right next to Reykjavík harbour, under suspicion of steering a boat under the influence of alcohol.

Police received word of the man in the early evening, and were there to meet him when the boat pulled into port. He was steering the boat, but it is unknown if it was the unnamed company who reported him or one of the passengers on board.

Unsurprisingly, it is against the law to operate a sea vessel under the influence of any intoxicating substance, and carries with it a fine or a jail sentence of up to two years.

In case you were concerned: incidences such as this are so rare that our editorial office cannot recall one from recent memory. Take your tours worry-free. The man in question has been fired by the company he works for, and are taking the matter seriously.

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