Betsy Devos' $40 Million Yacht Set Adrift In Ohio

SANDUSKY, OH — Vandals untied U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ family yacht and set it adrift in Lake Erie. The boat ended up colliding with a dock in Huron, causing between $5,000 and $10,000 in damages.

The $40 million yacht was moored at the Huron Boat Basin, the Toledo Blade initially reported. The captain of the boat contacted police on Sunday morning when he realized someone had cut the boat free, sending it drifting into the lake.

The yacht’s crew were able to get control of the boat, but not before it crashed into a dock. Most of the damage was said to be large scrapes on the surface of the yacht.

Police are hoping surveillance footage of the incident will reveal who set the yacht adrift.

The 163-foot yacht in Huron, called the “Seaquest,” is one of 10 large boats owned by the DeVos family, the Hill noted. It is not yet clear why the yacht was in Northern Ohio.

The MarineTraffic website, which tracks vessels from around the world, indicates the yacht has returned to a Michigan harbor since the incident. The boat is owned by DeVos and her billionaire husband, Dick DeVos. Its home port is in the Cayman Islands.

The yacht, which has been owned by the DeVoses since 2008, has 12 cabins, and can accommodate 12 guests and a crew of 12.

Betsy DeVos is taking part in a pair of meetings Thursday, the Congressional Intern Lecture Series and the Federal Commission on School Safety Meeting.

Devos has been a figure of controversy within the Trump administration since her confirmation. Her hearing and confirmation resulted in a 50-50 split, with Vice President Mike Pence having to cast the deciding vote in her favor.

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