Boat runs ashore with no one on board

August 26th, 2010 by Staff

REDINGTON BEACH – Investigators are working to figure out why a large boat came onshore with the motor running, and without anyone onboard.

The boat was discovered Wednesday afternoon, and it sparked a missing person search that involved Coast Guard crews sweeping the Gulf of Mexico by air and by boat.

It’s an unusual case because of the size of the boat: it’s a 43-foot long Sea Ray Sundancer 48 — a large, expensive cruiser. It has the name “Makin Waves” stenciled on it, and it has an American and a Mexican flag.

Witnesses say it drove right on to the beach, on auto pilot, with no one on board.

The boat’s last known registration is out of Jupiter. Authorities say they have spoken to the boat’s previous owner, but have been unable to find its current owner.

The boats unusual docking has stirred up shockwaves along Madeira Beach

“You’ve seen weird stuff over the years wash up on the beach, but never a luxury yacht like this just float on in. It’s crazy… a million dollar boat wash up on shore like it was an abandoned canoe or something,” said resident Neil Kinnally.

Thursday, crews will tackle the job of getting the boat off the beach, which will no doubt be a big job.


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