A DRUNK fisherman and his teenage passenger who triggered a police search have been found performing donuts near a boat ramp.
The 33-year-old Yarram man - who is not a licensed boat operator - is expected to be charged for a number of offences after he was nabbed by local officers about 150m off the Port Albert boat ramp at about 8.45pm last night.
The alarm was raised with water police yesterday afternoon after the driver and his 17-year-old passenger from Carrajung failed to return from a Saturday morning fishing trip about 225km east of Melbourne.
It sparked a major search with the fixed wing aircraft, the Police Airwing, Water Police, local police and local coast guards looking for the pair.
The boat operator was caught driving at excessive speeds and returned an BAC reading of .102 per cent, more than twice the legal limit.
He is expected to be charged on summons with exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol, unlicensed operation of a vessel, failure to wear personal flotation device, exceed speed limit in a vessel, failure to carry flares as well as supplying alcohol to a minor.
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