DATE: 2020-03-30 23:50 LOCATION: Colombia – Bahia de Barbacoas EVENT: Assault HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: Dinghy/outboard, fuel tank and fuel line,fenders SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A foreign flagged monohull with 4 persons onboard was the lone yacht anchored in Bahia de Barbacoas (south of Cartagena) for 5 nights. The dinghy was hoisted on a halyard to deck height. At about midnight the crew heard voices and discovered that 3 men with machetes from a small fishing boat had boarded.
The crew locked themselves inside an interior cabin and the captain turned on deck lights and yelled. One intruder came into the yacht and attempted to get into the locked cabin, and another managed to hit the captain on the head with the flat side of his machete thru a hatch. The intruders slashed the halyard, and took the dinghy/outboard and some fenders from a foredeck locker. Shore side, a very bright spotlight was shone on the confrontation and the thieves departed.
The captain set off a red parachute flare and noticed the dinghy adrift nearby. They upped anchor and retrieved it, the thieves had damaged the locked outboard while trying to remove it, but were not successful.
The Armada Nacional (coast guard) was contacted by those on shore and arrived promptly and escorted the yacht to anchor in Los Rosarios but instructed them not to stay overnight as they could not guarantee safety. The yacht and crew were granted sanctuary despite port closure and accepted into Santa Marta marina later that day, where a medic provided treatment for the head wound. ID: 2480
DATE: 2019-01-25 21:00 Country Name: Colombia Location Detail: Cabo de la Vela EVENT: Attempted theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: theft not successful, thieves slashed tubes SECURED: Locked DETAILS: Thieves attempted to steal an in-the-water, chain locked dinghy, but were not successful. They slashed the tubes before departing. Another dinghy/outboard was stolen the same night from this remote anchorage. A third yacht anchored in this same bay had lifted and locked their dinghy, and reported no issues.
DATE: 2019-01-25 21:00 Country Name: Colombia Location Detail: Cabo de la Vela EVENT: Theft HAND: 2 Stolen Items: dinghy/2.5HP outboard SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: An in-the-water and not locked dinghy/2.5 HP outboard was stolen from an anchored yacht at about 9 PM. The owner upped anchor to look for his dinghy and found a local fishing boat nearby with 2 men and a boy and saw his deflated dinghy/outboard inside their boat, before the fishing boat motored away. A second yacht anchored in the same bay discovered that their in the water and chain locked dinghy had been slashed. The third boat in the anchorage had lifted and locked their dinghy and had no issues.
DATE: 2018-12-01 14:00 Country Name: Colombia Location Detail: Cartegena Club Nautico EVENT: Theft HAND: 2 Stolen Items: 2.5 HP 4S Suzuki outboard SECURED: Unknown DETAILS: An outboard (2.5HP 4S Suzuki) was stolen from a dinghy at the Club Nautico Marina dinghy dock, reported to the marina and to the police.
DATE: 2018-03-21 15:30 Country Name: Colombia Location Detail: Rosarios Islands Isla Grande EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Dinghy anchor SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A yacht anchored near Isla Pirata and the owners/crew took the dinghy to snorkel. While they were snorkelling the dinghy’s anchor was stolen, the thieves had replaced it with a large rock.