Lost Boat - owner offers $5,000 reward

Has anyone seen a 69-foot-long metal hull fishing boat that was last seen eight miles off the coast of Freshwater City?

The boat has been missing for five days and the owner of the boat would like it returned.

The boat went adrift Friday and may be floating in the Gulf of the Mexico or it may be tied at someone’s dock.

Lencho Reyna was in Vermilion Parish this weekend trying to rent a boat to take him south of Fresh Water City in search of the boat.

He is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who knows the whereabouts of the boat.

According to Reyna, the 69-foot long old shrimp boat was towing a 40-foot boat en route to the Dominican Republic from Corpus Christi, Texas. The boats ran into rough waters because of Hurricane Dolly last week.

The 40-foot long boat broke off and drifted off, never to be found. The 69-footer, named “Elvira” also ran into a problem. The tow rope got caught in the propeller of the “Elvira” The tangled rope prevented the big boat from going further. The crew was rescued by an offshore vessel and the boat was tied to a platform.

The next day when Reyna and his crew went back for the Elvira, it was gone. Reyna said the anchor could not hold the boat because of the rough seas due to the hurricane.

He said he reported the boat missing to the U.S. Coast Guard last week and on Friday, he was told that the boat was spotted being towed by another vessel near Freshwater City. He drove from Galveston, Texas to Vermilion Parish Saturday to search for the missing boat.

“If anyone has seen this boat, I would like someone to call me,” Ryena said.

Ryena has owned the boat less than a month; it has new paint. The registration numbers on the side of it are 539694.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of the Elvira, call Reyna at 361-688-2467.

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