Australian Man Helps Reclaim Friend's Stolen £100,000 Boat
When Peter Estephan’s good friend Allan entrusted him with his £100,000 ($1.8 million AUD) boat whilst he went on holiday, he never would have expected it to be stolen and taken out for a joyride along the Georges River in Sydney.
Astonishingly, as Estephan was driving home from work across a bridge, he spotted what looked like his friend’s 52-foot cruiser speeding along the water below. In an interview with Fairfax Media, Estephan said:
When I drive over the bridge, I always look at the water because I love the water. Funnily enough, I'd left work early yesterday and was driving home over the bridge and had a look on the left and said, 'Shit, that's Allan's boat'.
With his friend Allan on holiday in Hawaii, Estephan frantically called members of Allan’s family to check whether they had taken the boat. He also rang a number of people at the marina in southern Sydney where the boat was docked. He finally got word from a local boat salesman who claimed to have seen two young girls onboard earlier in the day.
In his car, Estephan stayed in pursuit of the boat from land, but as it moved away from sight, he headed to the marina to find a boat that would be quick enough to chase after his friend’s stolen cruiser. He found the manager at the St George Motor Boat Club and began to chase the stolen boat in a small runabout, along with the police.
The police eventually caught up to discover two men (20 and 24), a woman (20) and a teenage girl (16) onboard, none of which were in control at the helm. The four young joyriders were arrested and later charged. The boat was returned, but Estephan had to spend the next day cleaning the “minor graffiti damage” from his friend’s boat.
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