Watertown man who found alleged Boston Marathon bomber gets new boat

David Henneberry, who discovered alleged bomber Dzohkhar Tsarnaev in his boat, just purchased a new boat with money gifted by strangers. Credit: Getty Images
David Henneberry, who discovered alleged bomber Dzohkhar Tsarnaev in his boat, just purchased a new boat with money gifted by strangers.
Credit: Getty Images

The Watertown man who found an injured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sprawled in his boat, which stood in his Watertown driveway, just days after the Boston Marathon bombing, is hitting the high seas again.

David Henneberry, who was given $50,000 donated by strangers to replace the damaged boat, was finally able to get a new one.

“We just recently, two weeks ago, got a used boat,” Henneberry told ABCNews.com. “We did accept [the $50,000 raised] and we did also request that anything over that went to the One Fund. It just seemed right to do.”

The money for the new boat was raised via Facebook campaign, properly titled “Let’s Fix David Henneberry’s Boat (That Got Ruined in the Boston Bomber’s Standoff)!”

“You just want to ramble on you feel so grateful,” Henneberry said. “After such a bad thing happened to us and the people of Boston, it was wonderful to see that. It was humbling. It restores your faith in people. They don’t know me.”

Henneberry’s damaged boat, which was turned over to authorities, was named “Slip Away.” That one has been replaced by one named after his wife: “Beth Said Yes.”

“That’s fitting, isn’t it?” Henneberry joked,  showing he maintains a sense of humor. “We decided we’re just going to let Slip Away slip away. It was actually taken by the FBI, but that’s another thing.”

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