Country Name: Nicaragua
Location Detail: Offshore
EVENT: Attempted piracy
DETAILS: A large motor yacht was on passage between Colon, Panama and Roatan, Honduras off the coast of Nicaragua north of Isla Providencia (Colombia) when a 60 foot steel fishing boat attempted to ram and board them. At full speed (14 knots) the motor yacht was able to successfully outrun the pirates. A report was made to the US Coast Guard.
First hand report just in from the victims: “Pirates tried to ram and board us off the coast of Nicaragua. They gave chase and at full speed we were able to outrun them. A warning to all cruisers needs to be initiated. We were in transit from Colon, Panama to Roatan, Honduras. We were taking the outside route north of la Providencia .” The vessel was a 60 foot steel vessel- white and blue. Very good condition. Boat name – Mister Henson. Fishing Vessel with crab fence. No other fishing equipment. Minimum of 6 men aboard.
Time 11 am Wednesday morning, January 27. Location :
The Captain was communicating with other boat/partner name Reynaldo. They switched to SSB and we’re discussing money.”
Additional CSSN sources advised: A “Quick [internet] search [revealed the existence of a] Mister Henson IMO # 9064607 trawler built 1992 by Rodriguez Boat Builders Bayou La Batre Alabama. The tonnage is way high to be the boat at 120 ton. But it is flagged Honduras and a search of the builder shows expedition trawlers of 70 feet. If the 120 ton is a typo this is the boat.”
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