SEABROOK, Texas (KXAN) - Apparently, it wasn't all smooth sailing for Austin resident Phillip Beach.
The 26-year-old was arrested in Seabrook near Galveston on Friday after the harbor master in the nearby shipyard alerted local police to what appeared to be a theft in progress.
When police arrived, they saw Beach in the channel tethered to a 44-foot sailboat named the Flying Pearl that he was attempted to tow behind him as he swam for deeper water, according to the case file.
Officers called for him to turn loose the sailboat and surrender, according to police, but he initially refused.
A detective finally talked him into giving up, police said. Once Beach was on dry land, he was taken into custody and charged with felony theft. The boat's value was estimated at $120,000.
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