Royal yacht crew members fined for drunkenness

Two of the sailors who serve as crew members on board King Harald’s royal yacht “Norge” reportedly got into trouble when they had some shore leave in Bodø last month. Their night on the town turned into a nightmare for them and, apparently, those around them.

Local newspaper Avisa Nordland reported this week that the incident occurred when the royal yacht berthed at Bodø on June 11, in between official trips for the royal couple. They had used the yacht while touring the county of Sør-Trøndelag in early June and Queen Sonja used it again when she visited Lofoten in mid-June. The Norwegian royal couple also later hosted the king and queen of Sweden on board the yacht during their official visit to Northern Norway the following week.

The yacht was to remain at Bodø until the queen came on board three days later for a visit to Lofoten. That’s when some crew members received  shore leave that ended, reported Avisa Nordland, with two becoming drunk and unruly. Police were called and ordered them to leave downtown Bodø and return to the royal yacht, which they refused to do.

They ended up being turned over to military police, since they’re officially part of the royal navy. They also were fined NOK 6,000 each for refusing to obey the police.

newsinenglish.no staff