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Boat sunk by power cord bandits

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A 50-foot boat sank Tuesday after thieves stole the power source that was keeping it afloat at Augusta's marina.

Workers bail out a boat at Augusta Marina. Thieves stole an extension cord which was powering a bilge pump, causing the boat to sink. Mike Stacy, who runs the marina, plans to ask Augusta's Ports Authority to construct a security fence soon.   Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Workers bail out a boat at Augusta Marina. Thieves stole an extension cord which was powering a bilge pump, causing the boat to sink. Mike Stacy, who runs the marina, plans to ask Augusta's Ports Authority to construct a security fence soon.


The boat, formerly known as Paid For, was undergoing renovations and relied on a bilge pump to stay above the Savannah River.

At some point Monday evening, a power cord plugged into the marina's power source was stolen and the pumping stopped.

By 7 a.m., only the top of the pilot house was above water.

"The owner did a good job keeping it up so there was no oil in the water," said Tonya Bonitatibus, the executive director of the Savannah Riverkeeper.

A dive team hired by the boat's owner bailed out the vessel throughout the day and buoyed it with inflatable tubes.

Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the boat had mostly re-emerged from the chilly Savannah, but there was still considerable work left to do.

A man identified as the owner declined to comment.

Witnesses said the 20-year-old boat, with faded gray paint, formerly belonged to North Augusta High School's Navy Junior ROTC.

Randy Scott has a boat docked alongside the sunken vessel and said thieves have been stealing power cords for a week.

He lost power to his refrigerator and other appliances when thieves stole his cords, which cost more than $80 apiece. Later, thieves stole electronics from his boat.

The east end of the marina, which borders Riverwalk Augusta, doesn't have a tall security fence like the other two portions.

Why?

"That's the million-dollar question," said Barry Goff, who has docked at the city marina for nine years.

Mike Stacy, who leases the marina from the city, said Tuesday that is just the way the marina was built.

He said that in the near future he plans to ask Augusta's Ports Authority to construct a security fence to keep out trespassers.

Until then, Stacy is offering a $500 reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the thefts.

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bettyboop
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bettyboop 01/05/11 - 08:12 am
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Lovely downtown

Lovely downtown augusta.....................

workedforit
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workedforit 01/05/11 - 08:57 am
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Come on down to Dusgusta, it
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Come on down to Dusgusta, it be safe.

What4
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What4 01/05/11 - 10:01 am
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Folks pay to dock..why no

Folks pay to dock..why no security on site?

Equaltreatmentforall
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Equaltreatmentforall 01/05/11 - 11:38 am
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Gee, is there any place, any

Gee, is there any place, any where that is deemed safe from thief?

C2Soldier
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C2Soldier 01/05/11 - 11:44 am
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A criminal act took place

A criminal act took place but….you must place a little blame on the owner for that one. If your boat is leaking it is usually a good idea to dry dock it for repairs. The same would have happened if the bilge pump would have failed. Why should the Ports Authority pay for a fence? You are renting the port to house your dilapidated boats. Split the bill for the security or move your “yacht” club. That dock would make a nice Jet Ski rental location with 5% of the profits returned to the city for the sole purpose of rebuilding downtown. Yes?

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 01/06/11 - 01:46 pm
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We may have this narrowed

We may have this narrowed down to 2 suspects.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 01/06/11 - 01:59 pm
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We humbly disagree that crime

We humbly disagree that crime victims are at fault. This is the "evolved" thought pattern that criminals justify their actions with. There is no justification for theft. If it's not yours and you don't ask for it then it's theft ... elementary...

C2Soldier
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C2Soldier 01/06/11 - 04:37 pm
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Crime>>> Who said crime

Crime>>> Who said crime victims were at fault? Stealing is wrong but...the boat sank because it leaked. Trusting a bilge pump to keep it afloat was sort of irresponsible. The cord was apparently unsecured and subject to theft. A little common sense could have prevented this.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 01/07/11 - 12:13 am
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The boat was being rebuilt.

The boat was being rebuilt. It ‘s normal to keep things in water afloat with bilge pumps while being rebuilt. No one can nail every single thing down 24-7. I already found the guy that did its pad. I'm getting his last name tomorrow.

C2Soldier
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C2Soldier 01/07/11 - 09:03 am
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Crime>>> It's normal to dry

Crime>>> It's normal to dry dock a vessel while rebuilding it. If the Boat leaked it shouldn't have been in the water. Truth>>>It was cheaper to keep it in the water and use the bilge pump. Someone let their wallet override their common sense.
"Randy Scott has a boat docked alongside the sunken vessel and said thieves have been stealing power cords for a week".
Did the owner think his power cord was invisible?

WoodyKaminer
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WoodyKaminer 01/17/11 - 10:51 pm
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C2- The boat did not sink

C2- The boat did not sink because it had a leak. The boat sank because some thief stole the power cord that his pump was plugged in to, causing it to sink. Your comment is ignorant. Thats like saying its the bullets fault for shooting me, not the dummy that pulled the trigger that caused the bullet to hit me. Please think before you type.

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