Police were called to rescue a couple from the Xindian River near Bitan Suspension Bridge after their two-person kayak capsized on Saturday night.
The married couple allegedly did not inform the rental company that they were taking the boat for a romantic joyride, Apple Daily reported.
The owner said the kayak was worth about NT$300,000 (US$9993), but the government provides subsidies to rental companies, bringing the cost down to about NT$100,000 (US$3331). The couple would be responsible for NT$100,000 in compensation for the kayak.
These particular kayaks are used for competitions in the area. Typically, these kayaks were reserved for people with two to three years of training to prevent incidents.
After hearing the cost of compensation for the now-sunken kayak, the couple reportedly kneeled on the ground and apologized. They said he price was too high for them to afford.
The couple was taken to the police station and charged with theft and damage to personal property.
The 25-year-old man and 27-year-old woman were pulled to shore at around 9 pm Saturday evening. According to reports, the man was a student at National Taiwan University, but is not currently registered, while the woman is a graduate student of history there.