Boston Boat Owner: Give Cash to Victims, Not Me

'I lost a boat. They lost limbs,' says Watertown man

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 24, 2013 2:14 AM CDT | Updated Apr 24, 2013 6:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Watertown man whose boat was destroyed after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding in it is touched that people are raising funds to buy him a new one—but he wants them to save their money for bomb victims. "It makes me feel wonderful that people are thinking like that," but "I don't want that really," Dave Henneberry tells WCVB. "I would wish that they donate it to the One Fund Boston. They lost limbs. I lost a boat."

Henneberry says his obsession with the boat, Slip Away II, led him to inspect it when the "shelter-in-place" order was lifted during the manhunt. He says that after he climbed a ladder and spotted Tsarnaev, "I didn't waste any time. I didn't ask him if he wanted a cup of coffee. I was off that ladder. That is all I remember" before calling 911. The boat is now a blood-stained, bullet-riddled mess—and police evidence. "Slip Away is slipping away. But I say it did its job," he says. "It held a bad guy and is going away like a Viking ship." (In related news, click for the Tsarnaev brothers' 11 most befuddling moves.)

Investigators go over Henneberry's boat.
Investigators go over Henneberry's boat.   (AP Photo/Katie Zezima)
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I am lucky I am alive. These other people were killed. Sometimes, I just sit and say, 'Wow.'
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