Global Ocean Security Technologies, more commonly known as GOST, says its Nav-Tracker 1.0 helped recover a stolen Yellowfin from Tarpin Cove Marina.
The boat was docked at its berth in Naples, Fla., on the evening of May 16, when it was stolen, triggering a geofence breach. The white Yellowfin with triple 300-hp Yamaha outboards was brought out to Sanibel, Fla., at low speeds, and then proceeded north off Gasparilla Island.
Based on updates sent by the GOST Nav-Tracker, the boat picked up speed five hours later and began running southwest toward Mexico.
The Coast Guard was notified and was provided with location, speed and heading updates every two minutes from the GOST Nav-Tracker while giving chase. The vessel was recovered without incident, and a suspect was taken into custody roughly 85 miles due west of Naples.
“The GOST Nav-Tracker worked flawlessly, saved a valuable investment and helped coordinate a speedy and effective recovery with only superficial damage to the boat,” GOST national sales manager Toby Victoria said in a statement. “Not only did our client get their boat back in one piece, but another bad guy is off the street and won’t be doing this again to any boat.”
“Combined efforts with the U.S. Coast Guard and Collier County and Lee County Sheriff’s Departments provided a great save,” said Det. Timothy Galloway of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. “Without the GOST Nav-Tracker 1.0 onboard and the assistance from their team, we never would have found the boat and it would have ended up as just another statistic.”