We began receiving e-mails yesterday about a boat found mysteriously dumped in the middle of Emmons Avenue near Batchelder Street, blocking traffic and turning eastbound Emmons Avenue into a one-lane strip.
The first spotting we heard about was just after 7:00 a.m., where it sat for at least 24 hours before Sanitation workers arrived this morning, loaded it on a flatbed truck, and hauled it off – again at approximately 7:00 a.m.
The vessel, filled with garbage and apparently tied to a street sign (lest it float away), wracked up a couple of tickets from law enforcement, according to a tipster via Facebook.
In the early part of the day, the boat was in the middle of the street in front of Miramar Yacht Club (3050 Emmons Avenue). Drivers eventually pushed it to the side, to a no standing zone, to allow traffic to go through.
Miramar Yacht Club was not available for comment, but their neighbors, Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club (3076 Emmons Avenue), confirmed that the boat was hauled off this morning, after having been left there sometime between 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.
“Whoever did it is stupid because their registration stickers are still on it and it’s going to be traced to the owner. Whether that person sold it to a stupid person, or it fell of their truck, I don’t know,” said Patti Fox, Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club’s groundskeeper.
“We don’t know if it was an intentional dump; there’s so many places around here that you can dump something like that without making it so obvious. We’re thinking maybe it fell off someone’s struck and the guy was by himself and couldn’t pick it up and didn’t come back.”
Fox added that police, who have traced the vessel to a former owner, may have a bit of help in their investigation.
“I’m sure if they really want to investigate it, the apartment building nearby has surveillance cameras monitoring the front of the building. I’m sure if they went to management they could get some kind of view of what kind of vehicle dropped this boat. It’s 15 feet from where the vehicle was.”