The West

If you are 18 with a massive hangover and just got kicked off Rottnest Island, there is no worse place to be than on a boat battling 4m swells and 117km/h winds.

But that's exactly where 15 "toolies" found themselves yesterday as they, along with tourists, island staff and _The West Australian, _boarded the only ferry service running between Rottnest and Fremantle.

The young men who had been full of bravado the night before, jeering at onlookers through the windows of the emergency accommodation they'd been placed in by police, were now clutching their sick bags and looking sheepish during the intense half-hour journey.

They would have received little sympathy from volunteers and authorities, who were forced to babysit them after the looming storm ruled out an eviction that night.

The volunteers and authorities made sure the men left Rottnest at midday.

The men, aged between 18 and 21, didn't have accommodation on the island and, according to Rottnest officer-in-charge Sgt Ross Eastman, they were causing a far bigger headache than the 1200 leavers.

"To see these 21-year-olds come over and think they're going to be involved in the party, that is just not acceptable," he said.

And they felt every bump of the voyage back to Perth, with the ferry crossing coming just as gale force winds struck.

Slightly bemused Rottnest Express staff handed out paper bags, as queasy-looking passengers - _The West _included - curled up in their seats and tried to focus on the horizon.

A group of young girls, for whom the prospect of a long, stormy night on Rottnest was enough to send them packing, let out a scream as heavy seas battered the boat, sending water streaming through the closed doors.

Passengers breathed a collective sigh of relief when the ferry docked at Fremantle's Victoria Quay.

While the rough ride was over for most, the 'toolies' had another storm ahead - the wrath of their parents.

Back on the island, the remaining schoolies were preparing for their final night of celebrations.

Police urged them to be safe after a 16-year-old boy was airlifted to Perth following a 3m fall from a balcony on Tuesday night.

Sgt Eastman said that the teenager had been vomiting when he lost his balance and suffered minor injuries.

He said the accident was a reminder to teenagers of the dangers of drinking too much.

The West Australian

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