Reservoir Patrol: Two boats intentionally sunk - - Jackson, MS

Reservoir Patrol: Two boats intentionally sunk

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RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Investigators are trying to determine who tried to sink two boats in the Jackson Yacht Club marina over the weekend.

"I was just taken aback by the fact that somebody would try and sink anybody's boat out here," said senior sailing instructor Will Booth.

Booth said his friend saw two boats sinking in the marina Sunday afternoon.

"I heard that the first boat might have had a water hose in it, that somebody probably could have been cleaning it, and just left it on. But the second boat, the same exact thing with the water hose in it, I knew that it couldn't have been," added Booth.

Each slip has access to a water hose.

Booth and others believe the suspect dropped a hose in each boat Saturday night, then turned on the water.

By the next day, the extra water caused a ski boat to sink.

A sailboat on the other side remained only partially submerged.

"The ski boat was probably brand new or at least close to brand new, but the sail boat was just really old. Still, a sailboat: not cheap," said Booth.

We're told it will cost a lot to repair both boats, with the ski boat alone running thousands of dollars.

Yacht club officials said those boats seemed random, though. Each has a different owner.

"The night before, it was heard, somebody said they had scared some kids off about 11, 12 o'clock at night. And I hope it wasn't them, but if it was, man, they're gonna be in a lot of trouble," said Booth.

Reservoir Patrol Chief Perry Waggener said they've had vandalism at the yacht club before, but nothing like this in the last decade.

They're hoping surveillance video could help them with a description of who's responsible.

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