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Drunken Swedish sailor forgot his wife was on shore

The Local/dl · 3 Jun 2011, 07:26

Published: 03 Jun 2011 07:26 GMT+02:00

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The distraught sailor was drifting in his sailboat near Kalmar off the south coast of Sweden when he called emergency services claiming his wife had drowned, the local Barometern Oskarshamns-Tidningen reported.

When rescuers reached the boat, they found a drunken sailor with a broken tiller, but no sign of the man's wife.

They soon learned, however, that the sailor's wife had never been on the boat and had instead been safe and sound on land during the entire ordeal.

After fixing the man's tiller, the rescue team towed him and his boat back to shore where police promptly gave the sailor a breath test after which he was arrested the for boating while intoxicated.

Sweden's laws prohibiting drunken boating were strengthen in July 2010, lowering the maximum allowable blood alcohol level from 1.0 promille to 0.2 promille -- the same level applied for drunken driving.

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The law also gave coast guard and police the right to perform checks on boaters if they suspect the captain may have had too much to drink.

The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:52 June 3, 2011 by spy
Perhaps it was just wishful thinking on his part.
10:01 June 3, 2011 by hilt_m
hahahahahahaha nice one spy!
12:12 June 3, 2011 by johnny1939
You guys!!! This was my first thought too or what did I do when I was drunk????? I better report it to perhaps safe my behind.
22:42 June 3, 2011 by dizzymoe33
hahahahhaah....yes I had to laugh at this one serves the guy right making him think he lost his wife. Maybe next time he will stay on the shore and get drunk instead of being in a boat and possibly kill someone.
22:51 June 3, 2011 by Meatball
What shall we do with the drunken sailor, what shall we do...oh what about wishing the wife has drowned!
05:53 June 4, 2011 by jackx123
why didn't he send her out and stayed onshore? Must make him look drunk AND stupid lol
16:48 June 5, 2011 by conboy
Proper order strand the bitch Swedish women need to know who is in charge.
21:13 June 5, 2011 by Suman Ghimire
fortunately he didnt say he is drowned...lol
00:11 June 10, 2011 by DJECKY
hahahahaha nice comic relief,better punishment from the law than that his wife actually got drowned.
15:51 June 10, 2011 by cookiemaster
I don't see anything funny. You are interesting crowd, but this man could forgot many other things when at open sea...yes, sooner or later. Alcohol or drugs suck..all made to make losers.
18:26 July 20, 2011 by chowdahead
File this one under, "she's better off without him."
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