Teenage girl arrested after motoryacht joyride
Motorboat & Yachting: It’s important to introduce kids to boating at a young age, but this girl would have been better off staying on dry land.
A 16-year-old female was arrested in Sydney on Wednesday (24 September) after she was spotted taking a joyride on a 52ft flybridge. The incident was reported by Peter Estephan, who recognised the boat as his friend Allan’s when he spotted it passing under a bridge.
After a quick call to the owner, who was on holiday in Hawaii at the time, Mr Estephan called the police. “Everyone was saying: ‘Relax, who’s going to steal a boat?’ But I knew that Allan was overseas. I wasn’t gonna stop, I just knew something was wrong,” he later told Fairfax Media. Botany Bay Water Police were eventually dispatched to bring the alleged joyride to a halt.
The stolen Riviera-style boat, which has an e stimated value of $1.8m AUD (£969,000), was later returned to St George Motor Boat Club with minor graffiti damage. All four of those found on board were arrested on site and are due to appear in court over the coming weeks.
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