A drunken man spent the night in a police cell after officers found him attempting to breathe life into an inflatable boat which he had confused for a lifeless body.
Police found the would-be Samaritan, aged 22, kneeling by the dinghy just after 4am on Sunday in the port town of Vannes, Brittany.
“He was underneath a boat, on his knees, trying to resuscitate a rubber dinghy,” officers told Le Télégramme newspaper.
The man told police someone was unconscious inside the vessel, but they discovered he was performing CPR on the inflatable boat itself. The young man even called firefighters to the scene – an emergency call that the police swiftly cancelled.
Police escorted the man to a cell to sleep off his hangover.