I was just about to fall asleep on Saturday night, October 9th, when I heard someone screaming, “Help, help, help” over and over. Eliot and I jumped out of bed and ran to our bedroom window which looks over the Miami Beach Marina. We couldn’t believe our eyes.
An 80-foot Hatteras (a yacht called Mimi) was out-of-control, going back-and-forth, like a bumper car, banging into six other docked boats. We later found out, the guy yelling for help, was in his cabin in one of the boats being attacked. We called the police. So did many other condo dwellers who heard the same cries for help.
The Miami Herald had the story the next day. It turns out, that a wannabe pirate, managed to steal the $3.2 million yacht but didn’t know how to drive it. He crashed it so many times it started to sink. The thief jumped into the water and swam away. The Coast Guard is still looking for him.
Eliot documented the accident, the investigation, the rescue and then the departure. All this took place over a 10-day period. Click here for the Miami Herald story. Also watch the CBS video coverage above.
Photos by Eliot Hess