A canoe thief got himself into trouble Saturday night when he launched himself onto Puget Sound without a paddle, according to Burien police.
The 20-year-old man walked onto someone’s beachfront property in Seahurst and stole a 10-foot canoe, police said. When the man saw that there were no paddles in the canoe he improvised by using a shovel, police said.
However, once the man was on the Sound he encountered winds of 30 mph with gusts of up to 44 mph, according to police.
The man lost his makeshift “paddle” during his voyage and called 911 for help.
The Coast Guard responded and brought the man to shore, where Burien police were waiting.
The man was booked into jail for investigation of theft.
“Shockingly, he also had two outstanding warrants for theft as well,” police noted in a news release. “He may be enjoying some institutional oatmeal and powdered egg mix as you read this.”