A couple’s plan to swim to an unoccupied yacht and do some partying at the boat owner’s expense went badly awry Friday morning, authorities said.
After the woman, Jessica Frehe, 36, drank alcohol she found on the 2001 Carver 396 yacht, moored off the Dunedin Causeway, she plopped back into St. Joseph Sound to make her way back to shore, Pinellas sheriff’s deputies reported.
Her boyfriend, Daren Nailos, 36, decided to carry some of the booze he found on the vessel as he, too, swam back to land, the officials said.
Then Nailos lost Frehe, deputies reported.
“He notices while he’s swimming back that he can’t see her anymore, and he loses track of her,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Dave DiSano. “He searches for her a little bit on his own and then he gets frantic and calls 911.”
Deputies responded, as well as representatives from other law enforcement agencies. They reported looking for Frehe by sea and by land.
The search lasted for about two hours — until a deputy saw a gray sport utility vehicle believed to be owned by Frehe leaving the area, DiSano said. It was stopped, and Frehe was questioned.
Frehe and Nailos were arrested and brought to the Pinellas County Jail. Both are charged with one count of burglary to an unoccupied conveyance.
Frehe, who lives in Dunedin, already was on probation in connection with a Pasco County burglary for which she served prison time. Because she now is accused of violating that probation, she was being held without bail, jail records show.
Nailos, who lives in Palm Harbor, was being held on $5,000 bail, jail records show.