TowBoatU.S. returns ‘Barefoot Bandit’ boat


TowBoatU.S. this week took the 44-foot Sea Ray that the "Barefoot Bandit" allegedly stole in tow and was bound for Port Everglades, Fla., the company said in a statement.

Colton Harris-Moore, a suspect in burglaries and boat and plane thefts in the Pacific Northwest, allegedly made his way from Marsh Harbour to the waters off Eleuthera in the Bahamas when he ran aground in an area known as the Devils Backbone.

The vessel was recovered after he fled onto the island. Salvage crews ungrounded the boat and delivered it to Nassau for repairs. Because of extensive damage to the vessel's propellers, struts, rudders and shafts, the owner decided to return it to the U.S. for repairs.

Once back in Florida, the TowBoatU.S. crew will hand the boat off to a smaller tug and the vessel will be delivered to its final destination in Dania Beach, Fla., for repairs.

"The crew and I have been very intrigued by the 'Barefoot Bandit.' To have the opportunity to have a small part in this high-profile case is awesome," said Capt. Tom Guarino, master of the Richard L. Becker. "We were just finishing up a charter in the gulf and riding out Tropical Storm Bonnie in Key West when we got the call about this job."

TowBoatU.S. provides towing, salvage, charter, launch and environmental services to the marine community throughout the southeast United States and the Bahamas.

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