DATE: 2021-09-06 21:30
LOCATION: Mexico – Cancun – Punta Nizuc
STOLEN ITEMS: 10′ AB aluminum bottom dinghy, 15HP Yamaha 2 stroke outboard (15FMH), spare fuel tank, cash, portable West Marine VHF, GoPro camera, headlamp, medicines and ointments, and other items.
SECURED: Does not apply
DETAILS: Owners anchored their catamaran at 1800HRS just south of Cancun, Mexico, in the bay of Punta Nizuc. Family members were watching a movie with all lights out at 2130HRS when three men with spear guns appeared in the cockpit and began screaming for money and food.
The crew cooperated, giving the masked men money and food items. They took a knife and held it out while yelling orders. They tied up both adults on the floor and then tied the children nearby. They threatened to throw them overboard while still tied, but did not physically harm anyone. The men ransacked the boat – breaking the VHF, a flashlight, and GPS display.
After collecting what they wanted the men departed in the yacht’s dinghy. The crew was able to untie themselves, and they recovered a backpack accidentally left behind in the cockpit that contained their cell phones and other valuables. It is believed the men arrived by paddle board or kayak as they were silent and wet.
A report was made to the Police and the Port Captain.