CCTV footage emerged showing drunk hovercraft pilot trying to land on the Isle of Wight with 36 passengers on board.
The incident occurred on June 22 while the vessel was heading from Portsmouth to Ryde. The 50-year-old pilot Richard Pease fell ill at the control of the vessel and missed the landing pad in Ryde. The hovercraft was boarded by another pilot who took control of it. Happily, there were no injuries.
Pease was taken a breath sample which showed alcohol - 96 micrograms in 100ml of breath, nearly three times the drink drive limit of 35mg.
On Friday, Richard Pease was jailed for eight months by Judge Susan Evans at Newport Crown Court. The sentence says:
"You put in jeopardy the safety of your passengers, your crew and other vessels in the Solent. This was a grave dereliction of duty and your actions could have resulted in tragedy."