Stolen yacht recovered

Maritime Police locate recreational vessel

Maritime Police, who located the stolen recreational vessel

The Funchal Maritime Police last night arrested a 47-year-old man after a pleasure boat was stolen from Funchal Marina

The alert was received at 8:35 p.m, by the Funchal Marina security guard, reporting that a suspicious man had boarded a boat at around 8:00 p.m. and left shortly afterwards. Members of the Funchal Maritime Police Local Command were immediately activated to the scene. The owner was surprised when he arrived at the marina and didn’t see his boat, with witnesses thinking the thief was a friend or acquaintance of his. 

According to FN, upon arrival at the location, and after questioning the Marina guard, the Maritime Police began searching at sea. The local Commander of the Maritime Police and Captain of the Port of Funchal activated the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Subcentre of Funchal (MRSC Funchal), in order to locate the stolen vessel, having also contacted the marinas of Quinta do Lorde and Porto Holy. 

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Vacant berth in Funchal Marina last night

The recreational vessel was located by the Maritime Police, next to Porto Novo, in the municipality of Santa Cruz, and, finding a 47-year-old man on board, immediately arrested him and transported him to the local command. of the Funchal Maritime Police. 

The individual was formally accused by a Prosecutor from the Public Ministry of Funchal, with an identity and residence document, with orders to present himself this morning, November 8th, at the Department of Investigation and Criminal Action of Funchal. 

The Funchal Maritime Police Local Command took charge of the incident. 

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10 thoughts on “Stolen yacht recovered”

  1. My concern for the owner is was the vessel stolen as a “getaway vehicle” for drug smuggling? I feel someone ought to advise the owner to check thoroughly in case any contraband is hidden on board

  2. If you don’t like the contents of the blog, try with reasoned argument and facts to change the views of the other writers instead of inane one line comments.

  3. I would like to know what kind of boat how much food etc was on board ( for a long trip or not) and who was the suspect ? Was he just trying to get to Porto santo for the weekend ? Did the owner do it for insurance ? Lots of questions. Being a yachtsman myself it’s not easy to just take a boat , you need keys to get in and keys for the engine and also know it is seaworthy or not, fuel food etc, and any port you arrive in they will require papers , so it’s a mystery what this guy was thinking


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