Lawsuits

scuttled butthole

We know it’s tempting.  You’ve got a multi-hundred thousand dollar albatross around your neck.  It doesn’t sail well, it won’t sell, and you’ve got your kids college tuition coming due and an upside-down mortgage on your house.  But before you make that fateful decision to open the seacocks, jump in your liferaft, and watch your financial problems melt away in the warm embrace of your insurer, remember the story of New Jersey’s Scott Tran.

According to a DOJ indictment, the 38 year-old Vietnamese-born fisherman allegedly hired a ‘captain’ and crew to scuttle his “Alexandre II” back in 2009 off Cape May, and with the boat sinking the crew jumped into a liferaft and were quickly rescued by the   CG.  Unfortunately for all of ’em they didn’t sink the boat fast enough, and CG assets boarded the wallowing boat, quickly figuring out that the ‘sinking’ was intentional.  And now they’re all on their way to discovering a whole new meaning of the word ‘bung.’

Tip o’ the hat to Soundings for this one.