Boating-related incidents keep Barrington Police busy

Dinghy reported stolen, turns up at Mussachuck Beach

Posted 7/21/22

Wave runner stolen? Boat adrift? Kayaks found washed up? Dinghy goes missing?

Barrington Police were kept busy last week with a series of boating-related incidents. 

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Boating-related incidents keep Barrington Police busy

Dinghy reported stolen, turns up at Mussachuck Beach

Posted

Wave runner stolen? Boat adrift? Kayaks found washed up? Dinghy goes missing?

Barrington Police were kept busy last week with a series of boating-related incidents. 

On Sunday, July 17, police received a call at about 10 a.m. for a stolen dinghy. A Willow Way resident told police that he stored his dinghy in the area of Willow Way and Annawamscutt Road, but believes the boat was stolen during the overnight hours. The resident later told police he had located the dinghy at Mussachuck beach; there was a different paddle in the boat, leading the resident to believe someone had taken the dinghy.

On Wednesday, July 13, police received a call at 8:25 p.m. for a boating incident. A boat was allegedly found adrift in the water off Willow Way. Police later discovered that the boat did not have an engine and was being towed by another vessel earlier in the day when it broke free. Harbor patrol responded to the location and secured the boat. Harbor patrol worked with RI Department of Environmental Management officials to coordinate the removal of the boat. 

A day earlier, a Barrington resident called police after finding two kayaks that had washed up on Barrington Beach. Both kayaks had town registration stickers for beach storage. Police secured the kayaks at the beach and called the recreation department to notify them of the situation. 

And on Monday, July 11, a Woodbine Avenue resident called Barrington Police at about 3:15 a.m. to report the larceny of a wave runner. The resident said the wave runner had been secured to a dock, but was missing. Later that morning, the resident called police to report that they had located the wave runner nearby — it likely had broken free from the dock and floated away. 

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