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Report: Watertown man who found bombing suspect buys another boat with donations

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 3, 2013 02:30 PM

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The generosity of strangers nationwide has floated David Henneberry's boat -- literally.

Nearly six months after Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was pulled bleeding and barely alive from the motorboat parked behind Henneberry's Franklin Street home, the Watertown resident was able to buy another boat with donations sent to him by strangers, according to ABCNews.

His previous boat, named "Slip Away," was taken by the FBI after Henneberry found Dzhokhar in his beloved craft on April 19, Henneberry told ABCNews.

Dzhokhar was found after he and his brother, Tamerlan -- both suspects in the bombing -- confronted police in Watertown in a gunbattle that left Tamerlan dead. Dzhokar escaped but was captured after Henneberry noticed the tarp covering "Slip Away" was flapping in the wind, peeked inside, and saw the bombing suspect in the flesh.

After the manhunt for Dzhokhar was broadcasted nationally, people from across the country began donating money to Henneberry to buy a another boat. He recently used $50,000 to buy a 24-foot vessel.

"We just recently, two weeks ago, got a used boat," Henneberry told ABCNews. He could not be reached for comment.

Henneberry said he named the newest addition "Beth Said Yes" after his wife, according to ABCNews.

"That's fitting, isn't it?" Henneberry told ABCNews. "We decided we're just going to let Slip Away slip away. It was actually taken by the FBI, but that's another thing."

The rest of the money donated to Henneberry -- the amount was not disclosed -- was donated to the One Fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims, ABCNews reports.

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