Last Wednesday, an unmanned yacht called “Makin Waves” mysteriously washed up on the shores of Redding Beach, west of St. Petersburg on the Florida Gulf Coast. The 48-foot yacht had no one onboard and its engines running on autopilot when it was spotted by local resident Gene Borg.
“I see boats all the time — it’s one of the joys of living here — but this one was coming straight in at the beach,” Borg said. “I hollered at my wife to call 911 and I put on my bathing suit out of concern someone was having a medical emergency.” Borg inspected the boat and found no one inside.
The mystery yacht was reported stolen from a marina in Cancun, Mexico. The owner, Arturo Millet Reyes, who owns a professional soccer team in the Mexican state of Yucatan, said his yacht was taken from a private marina and he reported the theft to local police. The Mexican Coast Guard had been on the lookout for the stolen yacht.
Investigators saw no signs of violence or evidence that the yacht was used for criminal activity. “Makin Waves”, a 48-foot Sea Ray Sundancer, sells for $1 million new. The owner is in touch with sheriff’s deputies to retrieve his boat and the case has been closed in Pinellas County, Florida.
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