Two British men were sent to jail for attempting to Jet Ski from the Netherlands to the UK with $278,000 worth of cocaine — before running out of fuel and having to be rescued at sea.
Steven Brogan, 36, and Anthony Reilly, 34, were each sentenced to about seven years behind bars on Tuesday, after pleading guilty to importing cocaine in the September caper, Suffolk Police said.
The smugglers were arrested on Sept. 30, about 27 nautical miles off the Suffolk coast, after approaching a survey boat and “reporting difficulties due to a fuel shortage,” cops said.
“At one point they were pitched into the sea,” prosecutor Hugo Vass told the court, adding that one of the men was showing signs of hypothermia and the other of exhaustion, the BBC reported.
The survey vessel put out a mayday call and a Coast Guard helicopter reported to the scene and hauled the pair to safety, police said.
But the chopper’s crew