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Mon, 03 Aug, 2015 12:06:56 AM
FTimes – STT Report, August 03
 
File Photo – Lehtikuva.
Boaters rarely encounter alcohol monitoring authorities in waterways.
 
The Southwest Finland police and West Finland Coast Guard District are tasked with the duty of monitoring the archipelago area.
 
Even though the patrol units there number in dozens, the area to be monitored is very huge.
 
For instance, the West Finland Coast Guard District area of monitoring extends from Hanko to Torniojoki valley.
 
The monitoring in practice works the same way as in road traffic as it involves the use of breathalyser.
 
The monitoring mainly focuses on big vessels and in connection to events such as Ruisrock.
 
Henrik Holmevaara and Nora Fagerholm who were enjoying breakfast in Nauvo harbour revealed it was their first time to be stopped by the authorities during their sailing career which has continued for a dozen of years.
 
Holmevaara said they were stopped near Korpo while on their way to the port.
 
The couple were not asked to take a breath test but were quizzed on alcohol consumption and the fire extinguishers were checked.
 
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