At 3:30 a.m. on September 4th, a husband and wife in their sixties were relaxing on their 70-foot yacht, the Sea Weed, docked in a marina near San Diego’s south bay region. The $1.8M boat had recently come into the couple’s stewardship under tragic circumstances after their son, a marijuana entrepreneur, fatally crashed his Lamborghini with a 26-year-old model inside.
Following their son’s death, the un-named parents had been spending much of their time on the yacht while waiting for the right buyer to take it off their hands.
But a 40-year-old man named Casey M. Ryan decided to board the Sea Weed. The stranger released the mooring lines, setting the yacht adrift. Then, from the upper control area, Ryan started the boat’s engines. This happened several times, and the husband shut the engines off each time from below.
Ryan then attempted to break into the boat’s interior space through sliding glass doors, but to no avail. He then came in through an escape hatch and attacked the 63-year-old owner. By then, however, the owner had armed himself. After a struggle, he shot the attacker.
He ran outside, yelling for help, saying, “I had to shoot! He was trying to steal my boat with me on it!” By the time police arrived, Ryan was dead. The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. His wife and dog were unharmed.
If there’s a moral to this unusual story, perhaps it is that that money can seldom buy safety, let alone happiness. It’s your responsibility, not anyone else’s, to protect yourself and your loved ones, whether in a car, in your home, or on your multi-million-dollar yacht.
Here is a brief news video of the incident, featuring interviews with other members of the boating community, via 10News: