G8 unimpressed by kite-surfing waiter's security badge

27th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Seaborne police scrambled to intercept a waiter working at the G8 summit who thought his security badge gave him clearance to kite-surf in the exclusion zone, security sources said Friday.

While leaders of the world's most industrialised democracies met at the International Congress Centre in the northwestern resort of Deauville, a waiter at the event decided to take advantage of Thursday's strong coastal winds.

With over 12,000 police deployed to lockdown a swathe of the Normandy coast, the waiter took his security clearance badge with him, but police who have been patrolling the coast in speedboats escorted him outside the exclusion zone.

He was not arrested or fined, sources at the North Sea and Channel maritime police said.

The navigation exclusion zone extends around one kilometre (less than half a mile) along the coast and around nine kilometres (five nautical miles) into the sea off Deauville.

© 2011 AFP

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