USCG & RCMP shiprider team recovers stolen boat

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A man has been charged with theft after being caught in a yacht that had allegedly been stolen from Cadboro Bay on Vancouver Island. A US Coast Guard crew from Bellingham and Shipriders from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were conducting a patrol when they encountered a 26-foot white-and-blue sailboat off Stuart Island. The Shiprider program puts Canadian police on US boats, and vice versa, that then patrol the two countries’ marine borders. The coast guard vessel escorted the boat to a Canadian port, where it was discovered that the other man on the yacht had an active warrant for his arrest. He was detained and taken to the Sidney RCMP detachment. The second man on the yacht, was allowed to continue on his voyage as the yacht hadn’t yet been reported stolen but the following day the same Shiprider crew found the boat sailing east, south of Pender Island. Police boarded the vessel and say they found allegedly stolen tools and an inflatable runabout.

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