Drifting boat rescuer: hero or pirate?

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Sailor Todd Tholke was a hero on Sept. 30 when he went out on San Francisco Bay in the middle of the night to single-handedly rescue the runaway French catamaran Energy.

The America's Cup World Series boat snapped its mooring line at Piers 30-32 that night and drifted off into the darkness, unmanned and out of control. It fetched up on the rocks of Treasure Island, where it was spotted from the land by Tholke.

At 3:30 a.m., Tholke pulled it off the shore with his 14-foot Boston Whaler. He then towed it to the Treasure Isle Marina and handed it back to the racing team.

The French were so grateful they offered to give Tholke a ride on the bay.

Since then he has filed a salvage claim on the high-tech racer to the tune of $200,000.

Click here for the full report by the San Francisco Chronicle.