Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Long, Strange trip of the Queen Bee

From earlier this week but I'm still amazed.

No one was killed when Scott Douglas and Rich St. Pierre were tossed off the 26-foot long boat (the Queen Bee) in August 2008 off Nantucket and forced to swim two hours to shore. The U.S. Coast Guard says the boat was left adrift because the seas were extremely dangerous.

She was discovered in Llanes, Spain, over 3,500 and miles away and over 3 years later! The Queen Bee traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, MSNBC notes, perhaps carried along by the Gulf Stream ocean current.

The boat was finally found 3 years later 20 miles off the northern coast of Spain. According to Maritime law, Spain now owns the boat.

Also, in case you were wondering, Spanish media reports say the vessel still contained a first-aid kit, fire extinguishers, a radio and maps of the U.S. East Coast. Everything else had been taken.