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Men fined for Melbourne lockdown breach after boat rescue

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Three men have been fined for breaching Melbourne’s lockdown restrictions after they had to be rescued from a capsized boat overnight.

Three men have been fined for breaching Melbourne's coronavirus lockdown restrictions after they had to be rescued from a capsized boat overnight.

Police were called to the Altona Pier, in Melbourne's west, after reports a boat was in trouble two kilometres offshore, just before 8pm.

Officers found the three men who were on board the boat had managed to step off it, onto a sandbar into shallow waters but could not get themselves back to shore due to the distance.

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The Victoria Police airwing was called in and helped pick the men up and take them back to shore. No one was injured during the incident.

Police then found the men were out of the five-kilometre radius permitted for Melbourne residents to travel under current coronavirus restrictions.

All three have been issued a fine for breaching health directions (5km from home rule).

Police are still determining whether they will each receive a $1652 fine or the hefty new $5000 penalty for breaching gathering rules.

Fire and SES rescue crews were also called in to help assist with police efforts.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-melbourne-lockdown-breach-three-men-fined-after-altona-pier-boat-rescue/3abdd391-0041-441c-ba74-16a6f5c4e6f0

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