Three-times-over-limit Captain jailed for Belfast Lough ferry crash

By Curious

The drunk captain - Miroslaw Pozniak of the vessel that crashed with a passenger ferry in Northern Ireland, inflicting more than £1 m. of damage, has been jailed for 1 year.
The captain, who is 55 years old, confessed crashing his cargo vessel while 3 times over the alcohol limit but told it has been because of news of his wife’s ill-health, his advocacy barrister said Downpatrick Crown Court.
The married father-of-2 was at the helm on March 7, when he collided into a passenger ferry with more than 90 passengers and crew members onboard in Belfast Lough after ignoring warnings from the Irish coastguards. He had no view despite the darkness.
The Irish judge - David Smyth QC said to the captain Pozniak: “This judgement is to make it clear that the following of the restrictions in relation to alcohol and also in relation to the charting and proper adhesion to accepted marshroutes is of essential importance.
“The ending of your thirty-year career and the judgement effectively demonstrate that.”
The advocate dropped his head slightly as judgement was passed.