Ferry lucky



AN allegedly intoxicated Grafton woman came within inches of driving her boat into the Southgate Ferry on Monday.

The incident was alleged to have occurred in the Clarence River at 11.20pm, while the ferry was transporting passengers between Southgate and Ulmarra.

Grafton police were called to the site of the near-miss where they breath-tested the woman, 41, who subsequently returned a reading of .195, almost double the legal limit.

Police allege she had been driving a small punt and was accompanied on the vessel by a male passenger.

A police spokesperson said the situation could have been much worse if the ferry and punt collided.

No injuries or damage were reported by those on either vessel.

The woman was charged with being in charge of boat while under the influence of alcohol.

She will appear at the Grafton Local Court on May 31.

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