Falmouth ferry skipper sentenced for alcohol charge

Lady Elizabeth
Image caption David Pill said he had drunk a bottle of vodka after mooring the ferry

The skipper of a Falmouth-based ferry has been given a three-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, for drinking while being master of a ship.

David Pill, 40, from Tresillian Road in Falmouth, was arrested and breathalysed by police who boarded the Lady Elizabeth ferry on 17 August 2010.

He was found guilty at an earlier hearing at Truro Crown Court of being drunk on the 50ft (15m) vessel.

He was almost four times over the legal alcohol limit, the court was told.

Pill had claimed that he had drunk a bottle of vodka after mooring the boat and turning off the engine.

He said he was stressed because he had had an argument with his boss earlier in the day.

The Lady Elizabeth, operated by K&S Cruises, can carry up to 75 passengers.

The company dismissed Pill following his arrest.

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