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20 Hour Boat Chase Ends When Thieves “Just Gave Up” (Video)

20 Hour Stolen Boat Chase
The 33-foot boat involved in a high-speed chase recently is docked Sunday at the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Fort Myers Beach. The boat has three 300-horsepower engines and has an estimated value of $350,000. (Photo: Kinfay Moroti/news-press.com)

By Michael Braun, The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, USAToday Network, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Dec. 28, 2015 –  FORT MYERS, Fla. — A 20 hour high-speed boat chase that at times resembled a James Bond movie ended about 65 miles west of Cuba on Christmas Eve when the three suspects just gave up, law enforcement officials said.

Local law enforcement and Coast Guard officials, during a press conference Sunday at the Fort Myers Beach U.S. Coast Guard station, described the capture of the suspects after an action that spanned more than 300 nautical miles.

The press conference, led jointly by Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and Commander Randy Brown, deputy commander of Sector St. Petersburg and acting U.S. Coast Guard section commander, coincided with the arrival of the stolen boat, towed to the station by a Coast Guard cutter with three suspects in handcuffs aboard.