Three Abducted Montana Children found safe on sailboat off Florida coast

Source: Daily Mail

Three Montana children were found safe after apparently living on a 40-foot sailboat off the coast of Florida since they were abducted by their father in August, according to authorities. 

The Bryant children, Megan, 15, Maxwell, 13 and Sebastian, 12, went to visit their father James Bryant in South Florida for the summer and were never returned to their mother in Belgrade, Montana.

She reported them missing in August. When police checked local marinas, they were told James Bryant’s boat, the Night Dragon, had set sail in July with Bryant, his children, and his new wife aboard.

James Bryant
Alyssa Bryant
Going home: James Bryant, 44, (left) was arrested and will be extradited back to Montana after he was found with his three children, including Megan, 15 (right)
Maxwell Bryant
Sebastian Bryant

Found safe: Maxwell, 13, (left) and Sebastian, 12, (right) spent the fall and winter on their father’s 40-foot sailboat after he allegedly abducted them and their sister

The children were last heard from August 17, when Sebastian called a friend in Billings, Montana, from a phone in West Palm Beach, Florida, and said he was excited to return home to his mother.

None of the children’s cell phones were used again.

Authorities feared that Bryant might head for the Bahamas or Puerto Rico to hide out.

On Tuesday, a flyover by a US Customs and Border Protection aircrew spotted a 40-foot sailboat about 30 miles off the coast of Pompano Beach.

The 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Okracoke intercepted the craft and discovered James Bryant and the three children, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

A dog, a cat, a snake and a lizard were also found aboard the boat.

They arrested James Bryant on a felony warrant for parenting interference that was issued by a Montana judge in September.

After the children were reported missing, Florida authorities and the FBI began the hunt for James Bryant and his Night Dragon boat.

‘A suspected kidnapper has been apprehended without incident,’ Coast Guard Capt Chris Scraba told the Sun-Sentinel.

‘A mother will have her three children safely returned to her unharmed.’

Authorities say James Bryant is slated to be extradited back to Montana to face charges.

The children were turned over the the Broward County Sheriff’s Office so they can be reunited with their mother and make the 2,600 mile trek back to Montana.
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