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How Did a Seattle Man Steal a Ferry?

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People steal cars. They steal motorcycles. They even occasionally steal boats. But one Seattle man (with a previous criminal record, I might add) has taken theft to the next level. He stole a ferry.

The culprit, Samuel K. McDonough, slipped in through a broken part of a wire fence in Seattle, boarded the ferry, and somehow managed to turn it on, according to The Washington Post. After refusing to cooperate with police, a SWAT team eventually boarded the ship and arrested the man. The arrest occurred seven hours after the ship took off.

The whole fiasco did not cause any serious harm. McDonough could not figure out how to navigate the ship, so it moved in circles nearly the whole time. The potential for harm, however, was quite large. The ferry—which contained 1,300 gallons of diesel—could have crashed into another boat at the Seattle waterfront, causing damage or a spill. In addition, the ship is valued at around $8 million, according to the Huffington Post.

What do you think about the evident lack of security surrounding the ferry? Why was it this easy for a man to steal the ferry? Should better security measures be put in place? Let us know your thoughts. 

Posted by Jamie Friedlander on Dec 04, 2013


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