DATE: 2020-07-20 20:00 LOCATION: Cuba – Marina Hemingway EVENT: Burglary HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: laptop, tablet, GPS, sat phone, binoculars, tools, flashlight, etc. SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A foreign flagged yacht was secured/locked dockside in Marina Hemingway in mid-March, a local “minder” was required and hired as the crew was required to leave Cuba. On July 20, the minder reported that the yacht had been burgled.
Many items had been stolen, a laptop, tablet, GPS, sat phone, binoculars, tools, flashlight, etc. The minder made reports on behalf of the owner to the marina and police.
The police visited and collected forensics and additional information. Serial number information was not readily available as it was onboard and owners/crew have not been able to return due to travel restrictions. It is not known if other yachts in the Marina have been similarly affected. ID: 2511
DATE: 2018-05-14 02:15 Country Name: Cuba Location Detail: Cienfuegos Harbor EVENT: Attempted theft HAND: 2 Stolen Items: None SECURED: Unknown DETAILS: Two men swam out to a dark boat and attempted to steal articles of value and an unsecured dinghy. At 0215 hrs the owner was awakened and chased the would be thieves off. There was no damage and nothing was taken. A report was made to the marina, port captain and on the VHF net.
DATE: 2016-05-27 Country Name: Cuba Location Detail: Isla de la Juventud EVENT: Theft Stolen Items: Cushions, lifesling, dock lines, sunglasses SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A Canadian flagged monohull anchored off of Playa Bibijagua on the north coast of Isla de la Juventud was boarded overnight while owners slept. When they awoke in the morning, their life sling, cockpit cushions, dock lines, sunglasses and other miscellaneous cockpit paraphernalia had been taken by persons unknown. No police report was made. Local advice is to be extremely vigilant when anchoring near popoulated areas.
DATE: 2016-05-10 Country Name: Cuba Location Detail: Cienfuegos EVENT: Theft Stolen Items: 10 Ft Walker Bay dinghy with Suzuki 9.9 4S outboard SECURED: Locked DETAILS:In the water but locked Walker Bay dinghy with 9.9 Suzuki 4S outboard was stolen overnight from an occupied yacht in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Reported to the local authorities. CSSN UPDATE: A First Hand report has been received and provides the following additional information: “During the night our dinghy, a 10ft Walker Bay Ultra Light with Suzuki 9.9 4 stroke outboard was stolen. Dinghy was in the water but locked to the stern with a 1/4 inch steel cable. At approximately 7:00am we discovered the dinghy missing. The cable had been cut clean through. Local police and the marina were informed immediately. The police wanted a sample of the cable but could not cut it with their wire cutters so we gave them what was left. The investigation is ongoing but today they informed us the dinghy has likely been scrapped and the outboard stripped for parts already. This happened 100 meters off the marina docks. The authorities have been very supportive and have been keeping us updated twice a day on the status of the investigation.”