A boat was dumped on the I-95 Exit 17 southbound ramp median over the holiday weekend. / Photos by Thane Grauel
A boat was dumped on the I-95 Exit 17 southbound ramp median over the holiday weekend. / Photos by Thane Grauel

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UPDATE: The boat has finally been hauled away from the site.

A sticker affixed to the motorboat abandoned at Exit 17. / Photo by Thane Grauel
A sticker affixed to the motorboat .

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By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — The motorboat illegally dumped in the median of Interstate 95 Exit 17 southbound has been hauled away.

The State Police removed the 21-foot Sea Ray 200 on Thursday morning, after an inquiry from the Westport Journal.

“Troop G responded and had the boat removed from the roadside this morning,” a statement from the Connecticut State Police’s media relations office said. “It is being stored pending the identification of its owner.  

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Troop G in Bridgeport at 203-696-2500. Case #2300005226,” the statement concluded.

The battered old boat was apparently trailered to the grassy area between I-95, the ramp and Saugatuck Avenue, and dumped sometime before Christmas weekend.

Identifying information had been scraped off the vessel. Registration numbers were sawed out of the forward part of the hull, but the “CT” preceding the numbers remained. The latest registration sticker expired in April 2017.

An emblem was visible with the words “Westbrook CT,” indicating it might have been purchased or serviced in that southeastern Connecticut shoreline town.

The boat was filled with leaves and other debris, and coated with grime.

The median is part of the construction area for the most recent phase of I-95 improvements in Saugatuck and Norwalk.

Thane Grauel, executive editor, grew up in Westport and has been a journalist in Fairfield County and beyond more than three decades. Reach him at editor@westportjournal.com. Learn more about us here.