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Lots of boats come to Oriental, some tie up at the Town Dock for a night or two, others drop anchor in the harbor for a while. If you've spent any time on the water you know that every boat has a story. The Shipping News on TownDock.net brings you the stories of the boats that have visited recently.

Arrested Departure
July 24, 2013
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While there are no hard and fast rules on how long French citizens can visit the US, there are some procedural steps that must be adhered to. When entering the US – whether by land, sea or air – visitors must check in with US Customs and Immigrations. Passports are inspected and often stamped. If stamped, the stamp indicates the port of entry and date entered. It also mandates the date by which a visitor must depart (or extend their stay with the proper authorities).

For many travelers, the passport serves as primary source of identification.

Moore says that when a person is charged by law enforcement – for shoplifting or any other suspected illegal activity – positive identification must be established. In Monique’s case, to establish her legal name, she used her passport.

Upon inspection, it was found that Monique entered the US in Norfolk, Virginia on September 14, 2012. A stamp in her passport indicated by which date she must depart – March 13, 2013. By her court date, June 14, 2013, she should have already been out of the country for over 3 months.

The stamp in Monique’s passport showing entry (September, 14, 2012) and exit (March 13, 2013) date. It is unclear whether she – or Pascal – have applied for an extension. The “B2” indicates the visit was for the purpose of pleasure or tourism. (Dwaine Moore photo)

Police Captain Moore is in contact with ICE (US Customs and Immigration Enforcement) regarding Monique’s status. He notes that if taken in to custody again, she will be subject to deportation.

And so Primadonna and crew linger in Oriental’s anchorage. Moore says that Oriental is a generous town – especially to visiting boaters that might have need of repairs. In the past, citizens have often assisted boats with repairs and donations of cash and time. Primadonna, when she first showed up, appeared to be next in the long line of boaters who’ve taken a breather here. Patched up their sails. Topped up their cruising kitty. Then moved on.

It frustrates people that, 8 months after they showed up, Primadonna’s crew shows no sign of making progress – despite the assistance Oriental citizens have extended.

Back on Primadonna, Pascal knows hurricane season is approaching. He says he still has no money. He does, however, have a list of what he needs and what it will cost – sailing twine (twenty dollars), a starter for his engine (two hundred dollars) and 10 gallons of diesel (fifty dollars).

He says the starter motor for his engine is being serviced in New Bern. The trouble seems to be mechanical (if it were electrical, he says he could probably fix it himself). He might have a contact in California that would pay for the repair. The sailing twine is available locally. As is the diesel.

Two of the three things Pascal needs go in this compartment. Here, the Volvo engine which resides under the cabin sole. The engine works. It just needs a starter. And a few gallons of diesel…

With those supplies, he says, he could to proceed to Morehead City and sail out in to the Atlantic Ocean. From there he should be fine. “If I am on the sea, I don’t care… On the other side, I will find a French military (ship). I used to be in the Navy. I will find a boat there and fill up.”

And if he doesn’t get what he needs in the two or three weeks before hurricane season arrives? Pascal says, “If I don’t have a solution, then I will sit here another year….. I won’t drive out into a hurricane.”

Listen to Pascal – he says a few gallons of diesel would help Primadonna leave the anchorage:

Primadonna remains in the Oriental anchorage.

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Posted Wednesday July 24, 2013 by Bernie Harberts

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