DATE: 2023-02-03 23:30 LOCATION: Colombia – Punta Canoas EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: Genoa furling was cut and stolen SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: Owners decided to anchor for the night at 2130HRS at Punto Canoa after a long and tiring sail from Cabo de la Velas. They were the only boat in the anchorage. The crew awoke at 2330HRS when they heard people talking just beside their boat and shining lights into the cockpit. The captain went out and found 5-6 men in a panga claiming to be fishermen who thought they had run aground, and the men began asking many questions. One of them boarded, and asked for food. The captain spoke spanish and provided some food and asked that they leave to avoid problems since the yacht had not yet cleared in. The panga departed.
The next morning the crew found that the genoa furling line had been cut, and removed. A report was made to the marina on their arrival later that day.
DATE: 2022-09-16 03:30 LOCATION: Colombia – Cartegena EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: 2.7m hard bottom dinghy and 15 HP Neptune outboard (SN 210732201) SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A yacht anchored near Club de Pesca. The owner awoke to some noise around 0330HRS , and found that the cable locking his in-the–water dinghy/outboard to the yacht had been cut, and the dinghy/outboard/contents stolen. A report was made to the Coast Guard, Port Captain and on the VHF net. ID: 2883
DATE: 2022-04-08 02:00 LOCATION: Colombia – Cabo de la Vela EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: Caribe dinghy / Yamaha 4HP outboard SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: As the lone yacht anchored in Cabo de la Vela, on the third night while the owners were sleeping onboard, their in-the-water and not locked dinghy was stolen. The lines were cut. A police report was made. ID: 2778
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.