1 Arrested After Alleged Boat Joy Ride

The man and woman had mild hypothermia but refused treatment

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Charlestown Police

Authorities say two individuals were rescued and one was taken into custody by Rhode Island environmental police after a boat they took for a Thanksgiving joy ride ran aground.

Charlestown police were contacted by the Coast Guard for a vessel in distress in the Charlestown Breachway early Thursday. Charlestown Rescue marine units found a 22-foot sport fishing boat that had run aground in Charlestown Pond. It had lost its hydraulic system and steering.

Authorities learned it was taken without the consent of owner Robert Dickau of South Glastonbury, Connecticut. Rescue personnel said the two were out for a joy ride.

The man and woman had mild hypothermia but refused treatment.

Lt. Patrick McMahon says the operator was charged with misappropriation of a marine vessel. The man, who wasn't identified, was released.

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