She was tied to pier 69 in Seattle and some fellow got untied her and went aboard. It sounds like folks from the office noticed but first were calling around to see if it was being taken for maintenance and then contracted a tug. The tug’s crew discovered the boarder and alerted the Coast Guard. The Seattle Police SWAT team ended up boarding and arresting him before sending the bomb squad aboard. Sounds like he’s being held on charges of failing to register as a sex offender while they figure out what to charge him with. What an odd start to the day.
Darrell Bryan, chief executive officer of Clipper Navigation, said he was in his office about 5 a.m., worrying about the wind and high waves, when he noticed the boat about 100 feet from the dock. He said he knew it was due for repair and not scheduled to be refueled. He called all the captains to see if they were on the boat and when they weren’t, he concluded the boat had been stolen. The man was able to start the boat because he apparently had some knowledge of boats, Bryan said. The boat has a joy stick and, according to the vessel superintendent, John Jacoby, the thief tried to use it like it was “an XBox,” causing the boat to go in circles.