The small, unmanned vessel was found on Tuesday by fisheries officers who were on a ‘kayak patrol’, branded with GU303, similar to those used to identify Guernsey-registered fishing vessels, as well as ‘MODEL BOAT’ written on the side. It appears to have a Waitrose shopping bag as a sail.
The watercraft was intercepted by officers as it floated close to the shore near White Rock.
In a post on Facebook, the Jersey Fisheries and Marine Resources team said: ‘Officers are seeking the owner of the Guernsey fishing vessel that was found floating abandoned close to shore.
‘The vessel was taken in hand to prevent it from grounding on the rocks east of Bouley Bay.’
Both the Jersey authorities and the Jersey Evening Post appear to be having a bit of fun at the Guernsey industry’s expense, stating that the craft, described as ‘pretty robust’, was currently in dry dock at Howard Davis Farm.
And with officers scheduled to make a trip to Guernsey next week, they say it could be returned to its rightful owner, should they be identified.