Police party boat crackdown after Good Friday cruise ends in four overdoses, two arrests

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Images of a Dirty Funken Beats party cruise taken from Facebook. Images of a Dirty Funken Beats party cruise taken from Facebook.
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Images of a Dirty Funken Beats party cruise taken from Facebook.

Images of a Dirty Funken Beats party cruise taken from Facebook.

Images of a Dirty Funken Beats party cruise taken from Facebook.

Images of a Dirty Funken Beats party cruise taken from Facebook.

Police will crack down on party boats after four men nearly died overdosing on ecstasy on a Good Friday cruise that promised partygoers a rave that would leave them with “no pants on”.

“These four men are lucky they didn’t end up in the morgue,” marine area commander acting Superintendent Joe McNulty said of the four men who ended up in intensive care on Friday night.

Police issued an urgent short-term closure order on the operator of the Bellavista, a party boat operated by Dirty Funken Beats. It is the first order of its kind ever issued by police, and it means the operator is closed for 72 hours while inquiries continue.

Close to selling out with nearly 800 tickets sold, the promoters told their Facebook fans last week that “Good” Friday was going to be an understatement.

“This yacht rave is going to be that good there’s a 95% chance you’ll leave with no pants on (or wearing someone else’s). It kicks off midday this Friday where we’ll set sail around Sydney Harbour pumping disgusting levels of bass and good times.”

While bottle shops and pubs were closed on land, DFB Presents – which has run the Good Friday rave for the past five years – promoted its ability to serve alcohol.

Following a tip off, police searched passengers, the wharf and the surrounding area using three sniffer dogs – instead of the usual one – before the boat sailed at midday from King Street Wharf. But they only detected small amounts of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy.

Just over two hours later, the Bellavista returned to shore at the Man O’War steps following reports that passengers had been disruptive. Two men were then arrested and charged with assaulting police, and four young men aged 21 to 25 were taken to St Vincent’s Hospital.

Superintendent McNulty said police were concerned with how the drugs came on board. There had been several similar incidents in the past few years, which is why police were coming down so hard on this party boat.

“It is the young people in the community we are concerned about, and their access to drugs, and their choice. No control over where these drugs were made, it is organised crime supplying these drugs.

“The clear message is don’t take these drugs: they are not safe. Four men ended up in intensive car unit and it was touch and go.

“These drugs are made by organised crime syndicates just wanting to profit from the youth of our community.”

Police are investigating how the drugs were smuggled on board the boat. A police spokesman said they were investigating whether the men may have ingested the drugs before they boarded.

Police said it was not the first time that this party boat and its operator had come to their notice.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on1800 333 000 or Crime Stoppers online.

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