A woman was taken into custody by the San Diego Police Dept. Tuesday after trying to steal a research ship belonging to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
According to local reports, the woman hopped the fence at the Scripps facility at about 2 a.m. Tuesday and was caught red handed by security guards while trying to release the mooring lines of the 120-foot New Horizon while scientists were asleep inside. When confronted, the woman allegedly said she was trying to sail to the east coast.
Police later said the woman was mentally unstable and she was turned over to the County of San Diego Mental Health. No charges are expected to be filed.
The New Horizon is used for research by Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.