Not often a fisherman discovers his boat and engine missing and recovers it hours later in different locations.
Well Royston Weeks can relate to this scenario with much mixed emotions in his voice. The Carriacou fisherman who resides in Union Island went on the Esplanade in Hillsborough on Thursday morning only to find his 17 foot open boat with 40 Horsepower Yamaha engine missing.
The boat had 59 lbs. of frozen fish for market.
In shock and disbelief he began searching and found the boat just north of the silver beach waters without the engine. The catchment of fish was untouched but the engine was missing.
At about midday he said he received a call from a forest ranger informing him that he had spotted an engine sitting in a culvert under the road in the lonely area of sixteen corners which connects the communities of Beausejour and Top-Hill.
The police officers who were notified of the missing boat and engine quickly rushed to the scene and found the engine well tucked away from the view of the public in the culvert.
Weeks who is from Hillsborough said that in all his years of fishing since he was a child this is the first time he has experienced this unfortunate incident. He said that in his over 30 years of fishing he has always moored his boat on the Esplanade but this was the first time someone attempted to rob him of his daily earnings.
Officers are investigating the theft and have reported that it is seems as though a vehicle was used to transport the engine from the boat. However the mystery remains as to why it was placed under the culvert.
In recent years the theft of boats and particularly their engines has been a troubling problem for boatmen and law enforcement officers.