DATE: 2023-11-14 01:00 LOCATION: Honduras – Utila – East Harbour EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: Trolling rod and reel SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A sailing catamaran moored overnight on one of the installed moorings near shore and the fuel dock in main harbour of Utila. A trolling rod and reel were left unsecured in a rod holder mounted on the stern and were missing in the morning. It wasn’t noticed until shortly after departure, so it was not reported to local authorities. ID: 3128
DATE: 2023-04-20 07:30 LOCATION: Honduras – Offshore02 EVENT: Attempted Piracy HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: N/A SECURED: Does not apply DETAILS: A yacht transiting north from Providencia, Colombia to Caymans traveled in stealth mode (no lights, AIS Tx) overnight and observed a large fishing vessel on radar. At 0730HRS at position 15° 16.095N 81° 12.270W, approximately 100 miles off the coast, they had visually sighted the large steel vessel to port and it was tracking back and forth in a small area. As the yacht continued on its northly course they noted the fishing vessel had altered course and was now moving on a parallel course but closing the gap. The vessel attempted VHF communications with a trailing buddy boat, and the fishing vessel repeatedly jammed their communications by continuously clicking over them. The buddy boats began using satellite texts. At a distance of about 1 mile the fishing vessel again altered course to intercept directly and put on speed, large amounts of dark smoke were now billowing from its exhaust. The buddy boat issued a pan pan, and the yacht activated their Iridium SOS feature and began voice communications with the emergency response team that included the USCG, Colombian Coast Guard, and the Nicaraguan military. None had assets in the immediate area but maintained continuous voice contact with the crew. The yacht put on all possible speed with sails and engine and turned sharply southeast, and the fishing vessel continued to follow at speed. At 8+knots the yacht was able to slowly increase the separation and after some time the fishing vessel gave up the pursuit, it remained in the area for several hours. Both yachts left the area and returned south.
A full report will be made by the crew at their next port of entry. ID: 3022
DATE: 2023-04-18 02:30 LOCATION: Honduras – Roatan – Coxen Hole EVENT: Assault HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: Cash, backpack, cellphone SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A yacht anchored alone in Coxen Hole. On the second night at 0230HRS two masked and armed men boarded through the lit cockpit/open companionway. They proceeded to tie the crew at gunpoint with braided shoelaces they had brought with them and covered their victim’s face with a tshirt. They ransacked the forward cabin briefly and took cash, a phone and a backpack they had emptied. The boarders spoke a non-Spanish local language and were onboard for only 3-5 minutes before leaving the scene with their accomplices in a panga. The crew was not injured.
A police report was made. No forensics were collected.
DATE: 2023-03-29 02:00 LOCATION: Honduras – Roatan – West End EVENT: Theft HAND: 2 STOLEN ITEMS: 15HP Suzuki outboard and 15HP Hidea outboard SECURED: Locked DETAILS: Three boats at the north end of the anchorage were targeted for outboard theft at 0200HRS. The three thieves arrived well prepared with bolt cutters and cut the locks securing the engines to the in-the water dinghies of yachts #1 and #2 and stole them. , The owners of the third yacht interrupted the thieves as they attempted to use bolt cutters on the engine lock on their raised and locked dinghy, so the thieves were not successful on the third yacht.
Two of the men jumped in the water and swam away, believed to have been picked up by the third thief who piloted the motorized panga. A police report was made by yacht #1. ID: 3013
DATE: 2023-03-15 20:00LOCATION: Honduras – Roatan – West End EVENT: Theft HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: 2 fishing rods SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: While the owner was ashore in the evening, 2 fishing rods were stolen from the yacht . It is not known if a police report was made.