Stolen boat found upturned off Stratham coast

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Bunbury police inspect the boat.
Camera IconBunbury police inspect the boat. Credit: South Western Times

A stolen boat has been towed back to land after it was discovered upturned in the ocean about 3km off Stratham’s coastline yesterday.

The 5m Sea Ray bowrider was stolen from a home in South Bunbury sometime between Monday evening and 7pm Wednesday, while the boat owner was away for work.

Divers help get the boat ready to be pulled from the water.
Camera IconDivers help get the boat ready to be pulled from the water. Credit: South Western Times

Bunbury police are investigating the incident, but a number of items found inside the boat suggest there were deliberate attempts to sink the vessel and it received significant damage.

The boat was found about 3pm yesterday, with the Bunbury Sea Rescue crew called in to tow it back to land.

Bunbury Sea Rescue crews help with the boat recovery.
Camera IconBunbury Sea Rescue crews help with the boat recovery. Credit: South Western Times

Officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Mal Jones said police were doing a forensic analysis of the boat and making other inquiries.

The boat is craned out of the water and onto land.
Camera IconThe boat is craned out of the water and onto land. Credit: South Western Times

Police are still looking for the boat’s trailer, which was also stolen.

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