News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Photo Gallery Cruising Int
Sail-World.com : Rescuer of drifting catamaran demands 200,000 dollar salvage
Rescuer of drifting catamaran demands 200,000 dollar salvage

'Boston Whaler - Tholke went out in the middle of the night to ’rescue’ the catamaran'    .    Click Here to view large photo

It is an age-old law of the sea that if you find a drifting boat and bring it to shore, you can claim salvage rights. However, an America's Cup racing crew whose catamaran drifted to sea the other night got the shock of their lives when the 'hero' who rescued their boat from some rocks was not satisfied with their gratefulness - he wants $200,000.

The incident happened in San Francisco and has been reported widely in the local press. The San Francisco Chronicle thinks he is 'either a Good Samaritan or a high-seas pirate.' Probably neither of the descriptions fits the San Francisco owner of a Boston Whaler Todd Tholke. He's just a keen-eyed opportunist with a smart lawyer.

Tholke went out on the bay in the middle of the night to single-handedly rescue the runaway French catamaran Energy. It had snapped its mooring line and drifted out to sea into the darkness, unmanned and out of control. It fetched up on the rocks of Treasure Island, where it was spotted from the land by Tholke.

At 3:30 a.m., Tholke pulled it off the shore with his 14-foot Boston Whaler. He then towed it to the Treasure Isle Marina and handed it back to the racing team.

The French were so grateful they offered to give Tholke a ride on the bay.

But Friday, as the French prepared for the regatta, Tholke's representatives presented them with a warrant from U.S. District Court to 'arrest' the boat and take it into custody as soon as Sunday's races were over.

Tholke's attorney John Edgcomb said in court documents, the rescue had established 'a valid maritime salvage claim' and Tholke was entitled to 'a liberal maritime salvage award.' Edgcomb said the amount was up to the court, but something 'in excess of $200,000.'

The French Team said in a statement that they were 'surprised and disappointed', according to the Chronicle.

The court case is proceeding and San Francisco is agog.

13/11/2011- San Diego (USA,CA) - 34th America’s Cup - San Diego America’s Cup World Series - Port City Challenge Day 2 -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo


by Sail-World Cruising round-up

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=102856

6:07 AM Fri 12 Oct 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

08 Oct 2012  British accuse French sailor of dangerous sailing - arrest warrant out
01 Oct 2012  Australians run riot, face liquor charges in Northwest Passage transit
22 Sep 2012  Lost at sea for 15 weeks before rescued - by a shark
12 Sep 2012  How far from shore to be safe? An incident tells
29 Aug 2012  Solo Atlantic crossing boat meets its ejected owners again
10 Aug 2012  Farrallones Report on sailing deaths: They cut it too fine.
08 Aug 2012  Brazilian yacht stuck in ice sheet in Antarctica
31 Jul 2012  Mystery deepens over missing sailor
28 Jul 2012  Runaway sailing boat caught by the Gafirs
24 Jul 2012  Austrian sailor held over missing South African yachtsman
MORE STORIES ...






Cruising USA































Estimating the diversity of life by Australian Institute of Marine Science,














Will your lifelines pass this sailing test? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida


Aventura's passage to Annapolis by Cornell Sailing,






Earth Wind Map - with typhoons by Sail-World Cruising,














Canadian shipwreck discovery solves 170-year-old mystery
British couple help stranded Syrian refugees to safety
Blue Planet Odyssey yacht completes Northwest Passage transit
World ARC fleet embarks on leg 11, across the Indian Ocean
Pantaenius and Camper & Nicholsons Marinas become strategic partners
How to make a distance scale for faster navigation
New maps of the polar regions reveal unseen world beneath the ice
Naval Commanders talk on-going piracy threat at sea
Erie, Pennsylvania - Small place, big boating
EU Naval Force frigate, ESPS Navarra aids yacht in the Gulf of Aden
Insurance, towing and safety 'provisions' reminder for snowbirds
A guide to steering without a rudder + Video - a must read and watch!!
You scratched my seagrass!
Cocos Keeling Islands - Yet another paradise for the World ARC fleet
Hurricane Odile: Two Brits missing in Mexico after yacht overturns
Sailor texts girlfriend for help after yacht sinks in Bristol Channel
Gas safety: don’t let it go off the boil
Arctic sea ice summer minimum 2014: A scientific perspective
British Virgin Islands, a taste of Caribbean cruising
The Galley Guys take on the Vancouver International Boat Show
Are you ready to enter that marina?   
Cruising the Bay of Quinte and Thousand Islands   
Ten safe and clean refueling tips for boaters   
World ARC fleet moored at Christmas Island   
Blue Planet Odyssey welcomed to Bora Bora   
Remember to properly dispose of obsolete distress beacons   
Blue Planet Odyssey - Aventura makes landfall in the US   
World ARC fleet bids farewell to Bali   
Antarctic Team discovers mechanism for massive ice shelf collapse   
Baltic 4 Nations - Next edition sets sail July 2015   
BoatUS offers 'Boater's Guide To Winterizing'   
Yachts prepare for second Atlantic Odyssey, departing this November   
Thai drama with Phuket yacht clampdown   
Sailing Rallies launch two new events at PSP Southampton Boat Show   
World ARC crews in Bali   
Could your sailing navigation use a tune-up?   
Images of marine sunsets by Tripadvisor   
Citizen science model proposed to fill fundamental ocean data gap   
Ocean Cruising Club celebrates 60th Anniversary with record gatherings   
The Boat Cookbook   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW Cru USA
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT