PBM staff met with the dinghy owner to review CCTV footage. Several new facts were discovered. The dinghy did go missing from the dock, but on Sunday September, 29, not as late as Monday September 30th as the owner had previously reported. His initial report had been based on input from a friend who had thought he had seen the subject dinghy at the dock on Monday, after storm conditions had subsided. He had not, but had apparently seen another similar (12ft. AB RIB/15HP Yamaha) dinghy
which was then located in the same place the subject dinghy had last been seen by the owner, cable locked to the cleat/dock, on Thursday, September 26th .
CCTV footage revealed that the dinghy did become uncleated (line NOT broken) at approximately 6 PM on Sunday, the day tropical storm conditions were experienced in the bay. PBM staff and the owner observed that the dinghy went adrift in the direction of Calabash beach before it reached the limits of the CCTV camera coverage. No information is available about the fate of the dinghy after this time. It has not been recovered. (Reference position 2 on the image below, a photo taken after the storm had passed).
However, the CCTV footage revealed that the dinghy was no longer in the same position where the owner had locked it, and the locking cable was completely absent in the CCTV video. (Reference position 1 on the image below).
PBM management has indicated they will preserve the footage and comply with any police inquiries about the relevant time frame should the owner complete an official police report. Additionally, they plan to introduce new signage at the dock relative to overnight/unattended dinghies at this dock.
CSSN has removed our original report and will update should new information become available.
Date: 2019-09-25 06:00 Country Name: Grenada Location Detail: Grenada Prickly Bay EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Dinghy/15 HP Yamaha outboard SECURED: Locked DETAILS: Owners left thier dinghy/ 15 HP Yamaha cable locked to the Prickly Bay marina dinghy dock. It was stolen between Thursday September 26th and Monday 30th. Owners will review CCTV footage with the marina and file a police report.
At midday on September 11, 2019, at position 12.3N 62.42W, approximately 42 miles west of the northern end of Grenada, a Grenadian fishing boat was approached and boarded by the occupants of a 35-40ft boat with 4 x 75HP Yamaha outboard engines. Eight (8) Spanish speaking men were onboard the suspect vessel, armed with automatic weapons.
Three (3) of the pirates boarded and robbed the 3 fishermen of mobile phones, food, batteries, fish and other supplies. No shots were fired, and no damage was done to the fishing vessel. There were no injuries and a full report was made to the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF). No further investigation is planned by RGPF as this incident occurred outside territorial (jurisdictional) waters.
This location is off the usual north-south track for most island hopping yachts, but this area is crossed by yachts departing the Eastern Caribbean for points west and those that depart the Greater Antilles direct to Grenada.
DATE: 2019-09-01 Country Name: Grenada Location Detail: Grenada St. George’s Outer Harbor EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 Stolen Items: Phone, backpack, wallet, cash, credit cards, passports, identity papers, headlamp SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A catamaran anchored surrounded by 50+ yachts in the area near Ross point was boarded overnight while owners slept onboard. One crew member was sleeping in the unlit cockpit, another in a cabin below. The boarder/thief entered through the fully open salon door.
The theft was discovered in the early morning Sunday when the crew member attempted to find the phone. Also missing was a backpack which contained miscellaneous items including a headlamp and wallet (cash, credit cards, passports, identity documents).
A complete police report was made the next morning (Monday) with the assistance of a friend/translator on a yacht anchored nearby in this popular anchorage off St. George’s. The police indicated that a forensics investigator would visit the yacht later that day, which did not happen. A passing Coast Guard boat (unaware of what had happened) was hailed down, and they explained that only the police could conduct the required onboard forensics investigation. No investigators communicated or arrived and the yacht departed.
DATE: 2019-09-03 03:00 Country Name: Grenada Location Detail: Halifax Bay EVENT: Theft HAND: 2 Stolen Items: dinghy/outboard SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: Charter crew found that the painter on the in-the-water and not locked dinghy/outboard had been cut, and the dinghy stolen overnight. It is not known if a police report was made.