Volusia Voice sailboat, bethune beach

Published on July 17th, 2013 | by NSB Observer

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Abandoned Boat Removed by Crane

sailboatStory and photos by: Dana Racnelli

After two months the abandoned sailboat sitting on the beach in New Smyrna was removed on Tuesday, July 16.  Cranes and flatbed trucks were on-site to raise the boat from the beach. It was lifted over the dune, placed on a flat-bed truck and hauled away to a landfill (pictured below).

According to a Volusia County employee, the County has made several attempts to contact the Michigan owner, but has not received a response.

Apparently in late May, a man from Michigan experienced motor failure and anchored his sail boat off shore. During turbulent water the anchor line snapped and the boat drifted to shore.

According to residents, he implored neighbors to help him push the boat back into to water during high tide. After several failed attempts, he took his personal belongings from the boat and abandoned the vessel.

Since, it has been an eye sore for many residents even though it has been very popular attraction as it has been used it as a photo prop for tourist and resident alike.


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