Skip to comments.Man, boat flying foreign flag with Arabic lettering wash ashore in restricted area of Cape Canaveral
Posted on 12/10/2010 5:46:25 PM PST by Islander7
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A man is sitting in the Brevard County jail mostly because won't say who he is, or what he was doing when he beached a boat north of Port Canaveral. He's been given the name "John Doe" after he gave several name that couldn't be verified. The man also couldn't prove he owned the boat and wouldn't tell authorities where he was going.
Any Florida FReepers got any more info on this?
It is highly probable that his name is Mohammed.
More like a Bob Marley wannabe.
I'd give him about a half hour to change his mind, and then begin to execute him; slowly.
That’s news to me.
I would simply tell him that he isn't going anywhere.
With those dreads, I’ll bet a dollar that the “arabic writing” is Amharic and we have a case of a stoned Rastafari doing something dumb and dumber local police who see all squiggly foreign text as arabic.
Can’t wait to hear the story behind this one.
If you find out, please do let me know.
Back in September, another boat drifted into nearby waters - also flying foreign flag. . .dismissed as storm related.
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — A large sailboat was found on Thursday adrift in the rough seas stirred up by Hurricane Earl.
Coast Guard officials were working to determine where the boat came from. They said it didn’t appear that the boat broke its moorings and drifted away, but they said there have been no reports of a missing boat either.
The boat was tossed in 9- to 12-foot seas stirred up by Earl and was found about five miles off Cocoa Beach and towed to Port Canaveral by the Coast Guard cutter Shrike.
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The boat’s sail was shredded, and authorities said that was part of the mystery. A boat that was moored would have had its sails stowed, but this one appeared to have its sails rigged for sailing. However, nobody was aboard.
A Coast Guard spokesman said there was no reason to start a search-and-rescue mission because there’s no evidence that anyone had gone overboard.
The sailboat had a foreign flag, and the Coast Guard is working to determine the vessel’s owner.
Drug runners are known to abandon boats offshore, but they don’t typically use sailboats. Refugees trying to leave Cuba or Haiti use any kind of boat they can get their hands on. But again, there’s no way of knowing yet who the boat belonged to.
Some of the answers to the many questions about the boat may be answered during a search of the vessel that was planned for Thursday evening at Port Canaveral.
John Doe? More like Ahmet Achmed!
Drug Dealer that lost his way to pickup? Someone looking for someones drop zone, on a rumor? Sounds drug related....mho
Quick, someone call the ACLU!
Yes, here is the latest I could find. Name and mugshot with the article.
Man Held after boat lands near Cape Canaveral AFS
The description makes me think that it’s Kwanzaa Klaus!
Is that a photo of the guy? He looks like somebody I’ve seen up here in St Augustine. If so, he’s a sort of rasta-man Island-Muslim type who lives on his boat, a ratty sail boat that used to be anchored off the Santa Maria restaurant until they put in mooring fields and charged fees that were too high for some of our transient boating population. Since then, he’s been moving the boat from place to place.
He shows up in the park and does his Islamic prayers from time to time and the rest of the time wanders around town to the free-food places (St Francis House) until it’s time for him to go back to his boat. He generally doesn’t talk to strangers, although after you see him a few times, he recognizes you and will greet you. I think he’s pretty harmless, if this is the same guy. He probably got blown off course today and ended up at Canaveral by accident.
Looks like the dude smoked all the herb before he could make it to shore.
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