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Yacht Prank Son Jailed

Published on November 16, 2011 by   ·   No Comments

A STUDENT IN England who stole his family’s £10,000 yacht and needed to be rescued by a lifeboat crew has been jailed for nine months after his mother reported him to police.

Oliver Sloley, 22, and a friend got into difficulty off the coast of Cornwall in the nine-metre yacht. Lifeboat crews found him after he fired a flare and he was towed to shore, where he faced the wrath of his mother. Sloley, who was in his second year studying geology at Plymouth University, was jailed for nine months at Truro crown court after admitting taking the yacht without consent and a string of other charges.

Speaking after his conviction, Sloley’s mother, Annabel, 47, of Penzance, Cornwall, said she felt dutybound to go to the police but described the decision to do so as “horrible”. “It’s not even the fact it was my boat,” she said, “it was the fact the lifeboat crew got involved and spent three hours searching for them when they should be saving people’s lives who have got in difficulty through no fault of their own.”

Mrs Sloley was away for the weekend when her son took the boat from its moorings at Restronguet, near Falmouth, south Cornwall, last August despite the engine being faulty. Sloley and the friend – neither of whom had any sailing experience or lifejackets – managed to sail several miles around the treacherous Lizard peninsula. They got into difficulty a few hours later and called for help but were unable to read their global positioning system and tell rescuers where they were.

Mrs Sloley added: “The Lizard is not a place to play.”

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