No answers to chopper stunt

NEITHER police nor paramedics could work out why two teenagers risked their lives by running towards a helicopter when it was taking off from Rainbow Beach on August 7.

And there were no real answers in Gympie Magistrates Court this week when one of them pleaded guilty in writing to a charge of committing a public nuisance.

Cameron Miller, 17, told the court it was the “sort of behaviour” he knew “was not tolerated” but his only explanation for his actions was that he was drunk at the time.

The court heard a rescue helicopter had landed on the beach to treat a patient injured in a traffic crash. As the pilot attempted to take off to transport the patient to hospital, Miller and another man ran towards them and attempted to jump onboard.

Police directing traffic saw a paramedic push them away twice before they could arrest them.

“He said he was being stupid,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told the court and police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said that was an understatement.

Cameron John Bielski Miller, of Coolum Beach, was fined $300.

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