What could go wrong on a short trip from Portsmouth in England to the bucolic Isle of Wight? A hovercraft pilot nearly three times over the legal alcohol limit, that's what.
Richard Pease missed the landing pad, slumped limp in his chair when asked if he was OK, and had to be replaced by a colleague before the craft could be successfully docked. The ship was carrying 36 passengers at the time, and had carried 95 on an earlier trip.
Pease, 50, was breath-tested "some six hours later" and found to be shitfaced. He subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge of being "master of a hovercraft having consumed excess alcohol," and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment. [via]