DATE: 2017-10-29 17:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Marigot EVENT: Burglary HAND: 1 Stolen Items: cash. watch, wedding ring SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A charter catamaran on a mooring 50 yards west of Chateau MyGo dock was boarded for a second time (see prior report) that day. It had been well locked up after a prior incident before going ashore for dinner. The port bow hatch had been jimmied. Additional cash, a watch and a man’s wedding ring were stolen. A police report had already been made, and these items were added to the original report/list. The police recovered $300 and the wedding ring 2 days later, which were returned to the owners 6 months later when a family member returned to St. Lucia. No charges were filed. At the conclusion of the charter a report was made to the Martinique charter company, which was described as “sympathetic yet not helpful.”
DATE: 2017-10-29 01:30 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Marigot EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: cash SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A charter catamaran was assisted to a mooring 50 yards west of the Chateau MyGo dock. As instructed by their charter company, they concealed valuables on board before going to sleep. Sometime after 1:30AM they were boarded as they slept and $500 was taken from the unlocked yachts nav station. A police report was made. Later that evening while ashore for dinner, the yacht was boarded again and burgled. (See next report)
DATE: 2018-04-20 04:00 Country Name: SVG Location Detail: Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel) EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: cell phone SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A bareboat charter catamaran with 7 persons onboard anchored close to the hotel beach and was left unlocked overnight. They awoke to find that they had been boarded overnight and that the thief had stolen a cellphone from the saloon, but left behind valuable cameras. They also discovered that the lifted dinghy had been tampered with, the outboard engines locking clamps had been unscrewed. A report was made to the local police in Charlestown. The victims indicated that their Grenada based charter operator had not provided any safety/theft advice about any of the islands/anchorages on the planned itinerary. The victims did relate their experience to the charter base at the conclusion of their charter.
DATE: 2018-04-18 09:00 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: 100 miles offshore Honduras/Nicaragua border 16N/81W EVENT: Attempted piracy HAND: 1 Stolen Items: none, not successful SECURED: N/A DETAILS: Two yachts departed Isla Providencia, Colombia for the Cayman Islands. They traveled northward together on a moonless night with lights and AIS. They were clear of the Gordo Banks region by about 30 miles. Feeling they were out of the piracy danger zone (see prior reports to CSSN) one of the boats raised full sail and began to pull away just before sunrise.
At 9 am the second yacht, a French flagged 51ft. monohull with a family of 5 onboard, at position 16-04.31N/81- 18.51W now more than 100 miles off the Honduran coast , sighted a fishing boat of about 10 meters overloaded with a dozen men onboard on an intersecting course. They attempted to contact their friends who were still in visual range on VHF 08, (which they had used sparingly overnight), but without success. They heard another conversation in a strange language/dialect (not Spanish/French/English) that included “barco grande, barco grande”. When they tried to call their friends on VHF 16 the channel was immediately blocked by very loud, continuous music.
The suspect pirate boat was able to pull parallel and close to 50 meters, and the occupants displayed a nervous and aggressive attitude. They were not friendly fishermen wanting to trade. No weapons were visible.
The yacht had put on all remaining sail and then attempted to add the engine, but it failed. Changing course to the SE put the pirate vessel at a disadvantage to the increasing wind and seas and the yacht was able to increase the distance separating the 2 vessels. Eventually the pirates fell back and the yacht turned northward. The yacht made contact with the French Coast Guard (Cross) by satellite phone, and the French Coast Guard maintained regular contact for the next several hours.
At 5 PM, alerted by the French CG, the Honduran navy reached the yacht by satellite phone and advised in English that they were still in danger, and that there were now 2 armed Honduran Naval vessels approaching the area but outside VHF range, who would escort the yacht back to safe port in Honduras. The yacht declined, but welcomed the presence of the Honduran Navy, and continued northward toward their planned destination.
Overnight and into the next day the French CG maintained regular satellite phone contact with the yacht, and later alerted officials in Cayman about the yachts expected arrival that evening, and their engineless status. They were met and assisted by Cayman CG/port officials to a mooring on arrival.
CSSN would like to thank the volunteer translators who so kindly assisted with this report.
DATE: 2018-04-03 20:30 Country Name: Colombia Location Detail: Cabo de la Vela EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Dinghy and outboard SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A yacht was anchored alone in the bay. On the second evening, while they and their dog were onboard, both of the lines securing the in-the-water dinghy/outboard were cut, and it was stolen. They discovered the theft at about 8:30 PM when they went out to hoist and secure it for the night. No police report was made, they departed the next morning for Panama.