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Owner of beached boat still working on removing it


WESTERLY — More than two weeks after a 24-foot sailboat was found on East Beach, its owner is still trying to arrange for its removal.

After Westerly Police identified and contacted Gary Trahan, 60, of 881 Shennecosset Road, Groton, that his boat had beached by East Beach near Atlantic Avenue, Trahan said he planned to have the boat towed back to his boatyard in Groton this past weekend.

As of Monday, however, Capt. Shawn Lacey said Trahan has been unable to make arrangements to have his boat removed.

Lacey described the vessel, which broke free from its mooring during a storm earlier this month, as unsalvageable.

Westerly police first reported the boat looked to be relatively undamaged when it first arrived in Westerly, but the department has since received reports that pieces have been from the boat including steel railings, brackets and hinges. Lacey also said the hatch appears to have been broken into.

“It’s unfortunate that we can’t monitor the area 24/7,” Lacey said. The Westerly police have asked Trahan to file a list of all missing components for further investigation, although the results of the investigation depend on how much information witnesses can provide.

Lacey said Trahan is planning to scrap the boat, having also deemed it unusable after so many parts have been broken off and stolen.



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