A “sea crazy” Australian pilot is facing a bill of £63,000 after landing a helicopter on a remote Pacific island beach in search of a drink and some chocolate.
The 24-year-old, who had been at sea working on a Taiwanese fishing vessel for 75 days, spotted a supermarket as he was flying over Nauru, a tiny and remote nation in the middle of the South Pacific.
Hunger cravings took over, and he landed the aircraft on a strip of beach outside the supermarket, without alerting the authorities to his plans.
After popping in to the shop to pick up a drink, some chocolate and a snack, he attempted to leave the island, but Nauru’s police force refused to let him fly off.
Instead, they impounded his helicopter and took him in for questioning.