POLICE: Boat Owners May Be Charged With Felonious Littering

Calling all boat owners! If you had a boat tied up in Town Creek or Taylor's Creek in Beaufort before Hurricane Irene you should probably come and claim it.

Beaufort police say there are numerous sunken and abandoned boats in the two creeks, others that actually washed ashore after the storm. Many of the sunken boats have been there for more than a year.

Police say they want to give owners enough time to remove them, but say if the boats aren't removed then the owners will be charged with felonious littering.

Boat owners should contact Beaufort police at 252-728-4561 to make sure they get ample time to remove them.


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  • by 40 Location: jville on Sep 17, 2011 at 10:05 PM
    I like that boat in the center of the pic. How about I salvage it?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2011 at 08:28 PM
    Good luck winning a jury conviction on that. There may be legal ways to compel the owners to retrieve their boats, but not in criminal court. (Typical small town stupidity.)
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Sep 17, 2011 at 08:22 PM
    I'll have to look into salvage rights. I wouldn't mind removing one of those boats to my driveway.
  • by Ryan Location: Havelock on Sep 17, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    I'm all for it! Yer responsible for towing a wrecked car from an accident, you are responsible for getting your wrecked boat out of creek!
  • by Hey Ted Location: Greenville on Sep 17, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    What do the Washington Police have to do with it? The City of Beaufort and Beaufort County are miles apart. Washington is in Beaufort County. The City of Beaufort is in Carteret County. Geography lesson for the day.
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      by Ted on Sep 18, 2011 at 09:03 AM in reply to Hey Ted
      Doh! right you are, I miss read the story...I stand corrected...
  • by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    Impotent bluffing by petty bureaucrats. Go back to measuring lawn heights and leave my submarine alone.
  • by Citizen J Location: New Bern on Sep 17, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    How absurd! Be sure to file felony charges against GOD for any trees he abandoned in those same creeks! If your tree falls into my yard - I clean it up. If my shingles blow off into your yard - you gotta clean it up. If a huricane rips your roof off and throws it into the sound, are you OK with felony charges being filed against you? It's gov't water - you claimed it from land owners years ago - that ownership comes with it's own obligations. I clean up my waterfront - my time and money... and I don't have any tourist dollars coming in for my efforts - you do and you don't want to spend a dime or lift a finger? Then when you realize how greedy that makes you appear you start yelling "environmental hazard"! That dog has fleas!
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Sep 17, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    How 'bout the state/city get all the trees outta the street before we start threatening people over sunken boats. Yeah, if they own a boat they should make every effort to get them out of the water, but first things first. This makes the Washington PD sound like the Gestapo.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 17, 2011 at 09:19 PM in reply to Ted
      All cops are the Gestapo!!!!
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        by Ted on Sep 18, 2011 at 09:04 AM in reply to
        When did they get internet access in prison???
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Sep 17, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    All for removing them, but lets be real here, who's going to pay for it? Limited insurance on vessels, and the owners of the fishing boats probably don't have it and can't afford to have the vessel removed. Any Fine will probably be cheaper than hiring a salvage company to come, evaluate, stabilize and lift it with a crane or other equipment (barges, small tugs). Best enforcement is the USCG and its anti pollution regs on the fuel tanks. Again, realistically, the govt is going to pay for most of these.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Sep 17, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    Excuse me, but why make an issue now, if many of them have been sunken for over a year? How do they expect to fine people, unless they have divers ransack the sunken vessels for I.D.?
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      by Grumpy on Sep 17, 2011 at 03:21 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      The id is a registration number that they are required to have on the bow of the boat, in big ol' font.
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