Seattle Ferry Theft Raises Security Questions

Doug Esser, Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — The man accused of taking a commercial ferry from the Seattle waterfront is due in court Monday afternoon as prosecutors prepare charges.

A spokesman for the King County prosecutor’s office, Dan Donohoe, says they’ll ask for high bail to hold Samuel Kenneth McDonough in jail.

The 33-year-old Preston man was booked Sunday for investigation of burglary, reckless endangerment and malicious mischief. He was arrested by a SWAT team that boarded a Victoria Clipper that drifted nearly seven hours in Elliott Bay.

Clipper Vacations CEO Darrell Bryan says barbed wire has already been strung over a fence the intruder apparently climbed. And he says the company also is talking with the Coast Guard and a maritime consultant to review its security and block any other would-be pirates.

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