Horrific Video of Drunken Australian Sailor at Pearl Harbor

By Dirk Hanson 04/28/11

At Pearl Harbor, the drunken Australian servicemen who was hospitalized for alcohol poisoning was also promoted.

Shocking footage of U.S. guards restraining a writhing, half-naked, combative member of the Australian Defence Force was made public by the Melbourne Herald Sun recently. The embarrassing incident took place only weeks after a horrific alcohol-related crash in which two Navy recruits were killed. Pearl Harbor police, fire fighters, and ambulance all gathered to assist the man, after a call about a man slumped on the ground. In the video, the man can be seen resisting the efforts of medical emergency personnel to assist him. According to the Herald Sun, “A whistleblower who saw the saga unfold said it was deeply embarrassing for Aussie forces in Pearl Harbor as part of a major international exercise. ‘This guy was a leading seaman, somebody with sailors under his command, who drank excessively and egged others on to do the same. It wasn't even midday and he was the second Australian to be taken to hospital by Pearl Harbor emergency services for intoxication that day.’"

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Dirk Hanson, MA, is a freelance science writer and the author of The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction. He is also the author of The New Alchemists: Silicon Valley and the Microelectronics Revolution. He has worked as a business and science reporter for numerous magazines and trade publications including Wired, Scientific American, The Dana Foundation and more. He currently edits the Addiction Inbox blog. Email: [email protected]