A yacht stolen in California washed ashore on Monday, leading three people to be arrested after they denied rescue efforts.
Two males and one female were suspected of stealing the yacht. They were stuck inside when the boat was trapped in shallow waters near Pacifica State Beach. Though they initially refused rescue efforts, they were eventually taken to land and arrested.
The yacht, an 82-foot vessel named Darling, was stolen from Sausalito Yacht Harbor around 1:30 a.m. on Monday.
After it appeared on shore a few hours later, people called police notifying them it was stuck.
Authorities made contact with the individuals on the boat and attempted to rescue them, but when they denied their efforts, police became suspicious.
As news stations began reporting on the incident, the yacht’s owner recognized it and reported it as stolen.
Sausalito Police Sergeant Bill Fraass said stealing this large of a boat is rare.
“We do have thefts of vessels throughout the area, but the theft of a vessel of this size is uncommon,” he said.
When the individuals discovered they were caught, a stand-off followed and the boat was surrounded by Coast Guard officials.
The suspects took their time surrendering, as they were seen on the boat talking on cell phones and smoking cigarettes for several hours.
A few onlookers watched as police tried to communicate orders to the group. Some people snapped photos and families gathered to watch the events unfold.
Police Captain Joe Spanheimer said the suspects included 63-year-old Leslie Gardner, 56-year-old Lisa modawell, and 54-year-old Dario Mira. They were taken to San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of grand theft and conspiracy.
Police have not commented on a motive behind the theft. Lifeguards said they searched the boat and found that it was full of empty beer containers and pizza boxes.
Tim Fellars, a ranger and lifeguard, said the interior was messy due to the boat being battered by waves.
“Yeah, it was a bit of a party. Everything got knocked off the shelves,” he said.
Authorities are investigating how the boat was stolen and why it ended up being washed ashore.