The owner of a sailboat in the Halifax area says he is shocked and saddened that his ship appears to have been destroyed by the hurricane last week.
The boat was stolen from a local yacht club – a very rare event in itself – and there are indications that whoever took it probably sank with it.
Engineer Graham Collins says the bizarre story unfolded on Friday night when he received a flurry of phone calls from a friend and then from the US Coast Guard.
âSo we had a weird conversation, in which they told me that my emergency locator beacon on our sailboat was active and transmitting a position in the middle of Hurricane Larry,â Collins told CTV News in an interview on Monday.
Still not convinced there had been no mistake, Collins’ wife visited the Armdale Yacht Club and confirmed the bad news. The boat was gone.
The coast guards were looking for him too.
âAnd they saw flares on Friday night, but they haven’t found anything since,â Collins said.
The beacon was over 600 kilometers southeast of Halifax when it went off.
Over 10.5 meters in length, the boat, named âSecret Plansâ, was a precious family possession, well used and much loved.
They had owned it for over 11 years and had put a lot of work into it.
The vessel is listed as stolen on the website Boatwatch.
Police said they were investigating two stolen boats in recent weeks, although one has since been found.
âOn September 2, police received a report of a theft of a sailboat at 50 Kings Wharf Place in Dartmouth. The vessel has been recovered and the investigation is continuing, âsaid the Halifax Regional Constable. John Macleod in an email to CTV News.
âOn September 10, police received a report of a theft of a sailboat from 75 Burgee Run in Halifax. The investigation is ongoing. At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that the two incidents are related, but investigators will continue all leads of investigation, including the possibility of related incidents, âMacLeod said.
It’s all a bit surreal at the yacht club, where hardly anyone remembers a stolen boat, let alone headed for a hurricane.
âWell that’s certainly not good news for anyone, but you know, I’m sorry for the guy on board,â said boat owner Ian MacDonald.
âI just wondered, ‘How do they manage to steal the boat during hurricane weather?’ Â», Asked the owner of the boat Hakan Ustuntas.
Now that the research is complete and the beacon has been silent for a long time, Collins expects to never see his boat again.
Although angry about it, he is tempered with sadness knowing that whoever took it probably fell with it.