David Farrell, 26, of Ireland, and Nicholas Moinet, 24, of France, were among a group of travelling vineyard workers who broke into the river boat on the Opawa River, Blenheim, drank alcohol and took photos of each other having a great time, and then left the camera behind.
In the Blenheim District Court yesterday, Judge Anthony Walsh fined the pair $300 each and ordered them to pay reparation of $240 to the boat's owner before January 20 and additional court costs.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Single said the pair boarded the boat with others and took photographs of themselves on Friday, December 9.
They removed the rollers on the door before drinking three bottles of spirits and taking more than 40 bottles of beer, Single said.
"The offenders left the boat and continued drinking at a nearby campground, leaving the camera behind. Police later identified them."
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