SC Woman Tries to Steal 120-Foot Research Ship

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by Ashley Armstrong

SAN DIEGO, CA-- A South Carolina woman allegedly tried to steal a 120-foot research boat while scientists were still asleep on board.

According to reports, the woman jumped the fence at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and attempted to untie a research vessel called "New Horizon" before being detained by a security guard. The incident took place around 2 a.m. on Tuesday while scientists were still sleeping aboard the ship.

The name of the woman has not been released, but officers say she was mentally distressed and was looking for a way back to South Carolina. She has been taken to County of San Diego Mental Health and faces no charges at the time.

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