CSSN News – November 7, 2021 – Cruisers harassed in Panama

Cruisers arrived and anchored at Isla Naranjo Bajo, Panama (position 09-25.664N 079-48.164W about 10 miles east of Colon), intending to overnight. There were no other cruising boats in the anchorage. At about 2030HRs that night they were approached by a local panga, powered by a single outboard. The panga contained 3 men, who were calling SOS and asking for help. 

The panga came alongside and it was apparent 2 of the 3 men were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. They asked to have a phone but could not say for what purpose, so the request was denied. Later one of the men showed a phone that they used to Google translate some of their demands. 

They were not subtle about looking at the yachts outboard which was secured to the arch and they began looking into the hatches, while requesting beer and cigarettes. The men became increasingly impatient and rude, asking for a credit card to pay for “piracy protection”. 

The crew was ultimately able to satisfy the men with a $20 cash payment, and the panga departed westward toward Colon. The yacht pulled anchor and departed eastward to Linton Bay. 

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2675 – 2021-08-22 – Panama – Linton Bay – Theft

 

DATE: 2021-08-22 02:00CSSN Report

CSSN First Hand Report

LOCATION: Panama – Linton Bay
EVENT: Theft
HAND: 1
STOLEN ITEMS: Caribe dinghy / 15HP Yamaha outboard
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: Overnight a yacht at anchor in Linton Bay had its locked, in-the-water dinghy stolen while the owner slept onboard. The locking cable had been cut. The dinghy was recovered the next day from Punta Manzanillo, minus the outboard. The dinghy had many slashes in the tubes. Reports were made to local officials, including police and Aeronaval (Coast Guard).
ID: 2675

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2671 – 2021-08-13 – Panama – Bocas del Toro – Theft

 

CSSN Report
CSSN Second Hand Report

DATE: 2021-08-13 01:00
LOCATION: Panama – Bocas del Toro
EVENT: Theft
HAND: 2
STOLEN ITEMS: Hard dinghy / 15HP Suzuki 2S
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: Overnight an in-the-water and not locked fiberglass dinghy with a Suzuki 15HP 2S engine was stolen from the Cabanas area. Police recovered the dinghy, minus the outboard.
ID: 2671

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2653 – 2021-07-05 – Panama – Linton Bay – Burglary

 

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CSSN First Hand Report

DATE: 2021-07-05 04:11
LOCATION: Panama – Linton Bay
EVENT: Burglary
HAND: 1
STOLEN ITEMS: Yamaha 15hp outboard, DJI drone, binoculars, computer, tools, Honda EU generator, boat documents, various other valuables
SECURED:  Locked
DETAILS: A yacht on a private mooring off the marina was burgled between July 3-5, when the minder was absent from an adjacent mooring for a few days. The thief came prepared with tools and made no attempt to conceal the damage done breaking into the well locked yacht. The stolen items include a 15HP Yamaha outboard, a generator, binoculars, electronics (personal and chart plotter), a drone, tools and other items. Preliminary reports were made to the Linton Bay Marina, coast guard and police (Aeronaval). The owner will file formal reports on his return to Panama on July 12.
ID: 2653

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2642 – 2021-05-26 – Panama – Linton Bay Marina – Theft

 

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CSSN First Hand Report

DATE: 2021-05-26 01:57
LOCATION: Panama – Linton Bay Marina
EVENT: Theft
HAND: 1
STOLEN ITEMS: Tropigas propane tank(full) and line
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: Owners left their yacht in a slip at Linton Bay Marina while they went to Panama City for a few days. When they returned they found that their full Tropigas propane tank and a coil of new line had been stolen from the side deck. A report was made to the marina.
ID: 2642

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