FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Fairhaven Police Department is working to identify a man connected to a stolen sailboat that washed up on the south shore of the West Island Town Beach Monday morning.
Police said in a statement on Monday, that the 24-foot boat washed ashore unoccupied, after it was apparently stolen at around 8 p.m. from the Community Boat in New Bedford the night before. Officials say they cannot determine if the boat was abandoned once it became beached, nor could they confirm the status of the unknown occupant.
The FPD say they are working with the New Bedford and Mattapoisett Police Departments, harbormasters, and the United States Coast Guard to launch land and sea searches in the immediate area.
Police shared a photo of the boat and of a suspect officials believe may be connected to the incident.
WBZ's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) reports.