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Police Used Counter-Terror Boat for Surf Trip in Australia

Two Victoria Police officers who used a $650,000 counter-terrorism boat to reach a remote surfing spot near Point Nepean last week have been disciplined.

The officers are suspected of using the boat to access the surf at Corsair Rock after completing a joint Water Police-Special Operations Group training exercise last Thursday. They used a police boat to go surf there.

The almost mythical left-hand break, also called Quarantines or “Quarras”, is only accessible by boat. It is hundreds of metres offshore and near the treacherous stretch of water known as “The Rip”, at Port Phillip Heads.

It is understood the rigid hull inflatable boat, commonly used for counter-terrorism and high-profile exercises, was taken out to the break. Corsair Rock is one of Victoria’s most prominent shipwreck spots.

The sergeant and senior constable are believed to be Water Police officers. The sergeant is a former police and emergency services games surfing champion.

The officers were taking part in an annual counter-terror training exercise in Port Phillip Bay. The course has been running since the mid-1990s.

The exercise involves SOG officers boarding the Queenscliff-Sorrento ferry in a mock hijacking scenario.

The training drill took place from Tuesday to Thursday last week, and officers stayed overnight in Queenscliff. The officers involved in the surf trip are believed to have been off-duty at the time.

Victoria Police spokeswoman Natalie Webster said: “We are aware of an incident where two Water Police members used a boat for personal use following a training exercise.

“The members have been spoken to in relation to the matter and disciplinary action has been completed.”

Source: theage.com.au / Tom Cowie, Nino Bucci and Cameron Houston

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