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These ‘litterbugs,’ town officials say, left behind a boat

The search is on for the owner of this boat.

Wareham Harbormaster Department

The search is on for the owner of this boat.

Land, ho! ... Or should that be, Whoa, land?

Officials in Wareham and Mattapoisett are on the hunt for the “disrespectful litterbugs” who apparently abandoned a large motorboat on the side of the road this week.

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The Wareham Harbormaster Department said in a Facebook post that at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday they observed a vehicle towing a boat along Route 6, heading into Marion from Wareham.

“A little out of the ordinary for this [time of] year but, hey, it happens,” the department wrote. The harbormaster was not immediately available for additional comment.

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Later Wednesday, the harbormaster department said, the Mattapoisett police received a tip that a boat had been left sitting on its side in a snowy embankment on the same stretch of road, miles away.

The department said the boat spotted in Mattapoisett “just so happens to match the one that we observed being towed.”

The two towns are roughly 16 miles apart but accessible from Route 6.

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Now, both departments are asking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle that left the boat washed up on shore. Details about the vehicle in question were shared online.

“The track is still fresh and hunt is still on,” the harbormaster department wrote in a follow-up post on Facebook Thursday morning. “Now, let’s find the vehicle that was towing the boat!”

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.
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