COLUMBIA & CENTRAL AMERICA

 

Events:

Vandalism – deliberately mischievous or malicious destruction or damage of property

Theft – no weapons, no violence, possibly boarding the yacht

Attempted theft – unsuccessful theft, see above

Burglary – breaking and entering a locked yacht while crew is away

Attempted burglary – unsuccessful burglary, see above

Robbery – boarding a yacht by one or more persons with weapons

Attempted robbery – unsuccessful robbery, see above

Assault – injuries to and/or physical restraining of crew in the course of a robbery

Assault resulting in death – injuries to or physical harm to a person that results in death

Piracy – boarding and theft on or of a vessel while underway

Attempted piracy – unsuccessful piracy, see above

Suspicious activity –  threatening or potentially dangerous activity by others

Other – details in description

COUNTRY
LOCATION
DATE
EVENTS
STOLEN-ITEMS
HOW-SECURED
NOTES
Belize
Placencia
2017-05-28 09:00
Theft
Dinghy and Outboard
Locked
A dinghy with outboard was cable locked to a private dock while owner was ashore for dinner. The outboard was locked to the dinghy, and both were stolen between 7-9PM. A police report was made.
Belize
Hatchet Caye
2016-03-23 03:00
Theft
dinghy/outboard
Not Locked
The yacht’s dinghy/outboard was tied to the transom overnight, as the weather was too rough to secure it on the davits. The theft occurred between 2am and 5am, the line was cleanly cut leaving a 5 foot length attached to the cleat. Reported to the marina and the Sunsail charter base in Placencia.
Belize
Placencia harbor
2016-03-23 02:00:00
Attempted theft
Locked
Three men in a dinghy attempted to take our dinghy at around 2:00 AM they cut the two lines that secured our dinghy to our boat, they must not have seen the cable and lock which made their attempt unsuccesful
Belize
Middle Long Cay
2016-01-13 22:00
Assault
Outboard motor, computers and hard drives, passport, cash, jewelry, food
Locked
An unidentified launch came along side at anchor while everyone aboard was asleep. Four men in 20-30 age range came aboard each armed with a pistol. One female guest was sexually assaulted, and later treated at the local hospital. Cash, camera, computers, food, drinks, jewelry, and an outboard motor were stolen. The launch left at high speed in a southwesterly direction. The entire event lasted about 45 minutes, and was reported to the Police, Coast Guard, Port Captain and marina.
Belize
St. Georges Cay
2013-05-11 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Unlocked
Only ones in anchorage, and did not lift the dinghy this particular night, reported to the police.
Belize
Pelican Cays
2012-03-18 00:00
Assault
Lots
N/A
Charter with 8 guests boarded by 4 armed men; man and woman stabbed and later hospitalized; another man reached VHF and called mayday. Reported to the police.
Colombia
Cartegena Club Nautico
2018-12-01 14:00
Theft
2.5 HP 4S Suzuki outboard
Unknown
An outboard (2.5HP 4S Suzuki) was stolen from a dinghy at the Club Nautico Marina dinghy dock, reported to the marina and to the police.
10.411929 -75.541534
Colombia
Cartegena
2018-05-03 21:00
Robbery
Cash, tablet, smartphones, camera, laptop, powerbanks, SUP paddleboard
Locked
A yacht with 3 persons onboard arrived and anchored near the control tower at 8PM. About an hour later a small boat came alongside with 4 men armed with knives and machetes. They showed their weapons, boarded, and quickly tied up the 2 men, and sent the woman below to collect the yachts valuables (cash, smartphones, tablet ,laptop, chargers and camera). They appeared to be high, and asked for drugs (none provided). They took the SUP and departed after about 30 minutes. No one was injured. After making a VHF call to the control tower to report the armed robbery, the crew upped anchor and moved close to the Club Nautico marina docks where there is a security patrol. A report was made the next day on the local VHF net.
Colombia
Cabo de la Vela
2018-04-03 20:30
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
A yacht was anchored alone in the bay. On the second evening, while they and their dog were onboard, both of the lines securing the in-the-water dinghy/outboard were cut, and it was stolen. They discovered the theft at about 8:30 PM when they went out to hoist and secure it for the night. No police report was made, they departed the next morning for Panama.
Colombia
Rosarios Islands Isla Grande
2018-03-21 15:30
Theft
Dinghy anchor
Not Locked
A yacht anchored near Isla Pirata and the owners/crew took the dinghy to snorkel. While they were snorkeling the dinghy's anchor was stolen, the theives had replaced it with a large rock.
Colombia
Cartegena
2018-03-12 20:00
Theft
Carib dinghy with 5hp Mercury
Not Locked
A yacht sailing in the bay of Cartagena anchored next to the village Cano De Loro. At 8PM the owners went to the cockpit and discovered that the line to their in-the-water and not locked dinghy had been cut. A report was made to the Police and Coast Guard.

Colombia
Cartegena
2018-02-27 01:30
Theft
outboard and fuel tank
Not Locked
An in-the-water yacht had lifted and securely locked its dinghy. Owners had gone to sleep but heard some noise around 0130 hrs and thought it was from a nearby vessel. The outboard engine and fuel tank, however, were not locked to the dinghy and the owner’s discovered they had been stolen in the morning.
Colombia
Isla Baru
2017-03-15 20:00
Assault
Safe, computer, jar of peanut butter
Not Locked
A yacht arriving in Colombia from the San Blas islands of Panama, anchored on the south side of Baru and all crew except the captain took a car to Cartagena to complete their check-in. No other boats were nearby.

At 8 PM a dugout with outboard and 4 men came alongside and asked for a lighter. Then they quickly climbed on board, hit the captain with an oar and a gun and forced him inside the boat, where he was beaten with a machete and tied up.

They ransacked the boat and stole a computer, an entire (unopened) safe, and a jar of peanut butter, and were onboard for about 30 minutes. Injuries did not require hospital treatment, and reports were made to the police and coast guard.
Colombia
Cartegena
2016-12-23 02:00
Theft
hard dinghy (no outboard)
Not Locked
An unlocked hard dinghy (no outboard) was stolen overnight from a yacht. Color is red with green interior. It is not known if a police report was made, no further details are available.
Colombia
Rosarios Islands Isla Grande
2016-07-11 01:05
Assault
None
Does not apply
While at anchor near Isla Grande, a man in a cayuco attempted to steal the dinghy, but he was noisy, awakened the crew and they were able to scare him away. The dinghy was secured and the couple slept in the cockpit. About an hour later 2 swimmers were able to board the boat, and attacked with knives. During the altercation the crew received bruises and many cuts, but were eventually able to repel the attackers. The crew immediately upped anchor and moved offshore. They made an emergency radio call. The Colombian Coast Guard arrived about an hour later, and met them offshore. After completing a report to the Coast Guard the crew departed for Cartagena.CSSN Information sharing Partner, Noonsite, also received a first hand report about this incident, it included a few more details, read it here .

http://www.noonsite.com/Countries/Colombia/colombia-islas-del-rossario-isla-grande-boarded-attacked-july-2016
Colombia
Santa Marta Tagana Bay
2015-11-25 02:30
Assault
Robbers grabbed everything they could see of value including all jewellery, tanzanite, pearls, 2 diamond rings, including a Cullinan diamond. Also stolen were outboard motors (both gone), watches, phones, computers, cash, credit cards, fishing rods etc.
Fortunately they did not take passports & boat papers, nor did they rip out main navigation equipment (other than hand held vhfs & binoculars) nor ropes.
Locked
We were boarded by armed PROFESSIONAL THIEVES & robbed in Taganga Bay, near Santa Marta, Colombia. The incident took place at around 2.30am and reads almost identical to this one, reported on noonsite in 2012, down to them being high on drugs:
There were 5 men, who arrived in a dugout canoe. 4 boarded, at least 2 had guns & 1 had a knife, that we saw. We were both tied up & hit by 4 thieves, at least 2 of the 4 on board had guns & one had a small knife at my husbands throat. The dogs did not bark.
We did have a plan of action if this kind of thing happened, unfortunately, my husband heard something hit the side of the boat & woke up. Instead of turning on the cockpit lights, he unlocked the door & went out to look. We had agreed that we would turn lights on & make noise. If we were locked inside the boat, at least we would have time to make radio & phone calls, but he was sleepy, not thinking straight & went straight out to 4 guys with guns & knives. I had actually hidden away our tablet, which has a good navigation program & they missed taking the dongle from the computer which had a local sim with airtime, so I was able to get a call out to our agent Dino who raised the alarm with police & coastguard.I could not get anyone on channel 16 or channel 72 for 1/2 hour and it was at least an hour before the coastguard came.
We had spoken with other people who advised us to go into the marina. We made an informed decision with an unfortunate outcome. Always read noonsite, Caribbean safety & security network, Facebook cruising group reports prior to going anywhere.
Our incident was almost identical to the one reported on noonsite in 2012. I wonder if it was the same 'gang'? The police didn't even come on board to check the 100 ' s of fingerprints, so the follow up comments from that report that the authorities are taking such incidents seriously is suspect! We really hope that local stakeholders in this area can provide an organised safe haven for cruisers, perhaps something similar to PAYS in Dominica.. We truly hope this never happens again in this bay.
Reported to Police, Coast Guard and Marina.
Colombia
Rosarios Islands
2015-09-20 21:00
Assault resulting in death
cash
unknown
Alerted by cruisers in Santa Marta, CSSN reviewed several local news articles that report a Dutch flagged vessel anchored in the Rosarios Islands summoned authorities by calling the police emergency hotline after being boarded and attacked by 6 armed men. The wife was mortally beaten, the husband was also injured and later treated. The Dutch embassy is providing assistance and police officials have offered a reward.
Colombia
Rosarios Islands Isla Grande
2014-12-20 00:00
Theft
Yamaha outboard 15 HP stolen from the dinghy while the dinghy was hoisted alongside the boat. The motor was not locked but it was attached to the dinghy.
Not Locked
The theft occurred while anchored in the lovely Rosario islands. The dinghy was hoisted. The motor was attached to the dinghy. Probably In the middle of the night someone came alongside and removed the outboard. Crew never awoke and had no idea that this was happening. Alcohol was not a factor. The boat is a S/V with husband and wife, and two children on board. Reported to Police.
Colombia
Cienage De Cholon
2013-07-21 00:00
Attempted Theft
Failed
Locked
While watching tv wife noticed middle age man through window trying to loosen the rope to dinghy. Ran out shouting, thief paddled off in his small canoe
Colombia
Cartagena Club Nautico
2012-12-31 00:00
Theft
Dinghy, outboard, fuel tanks and bow locker contents
Locked
Near Club Nautico docks- between 0030 and 0345, 2003 11'-6" lt gray Caribe with forward locker and 2005 25HP Yamaha outboard, racor fuel/water filter, 6 gal fuel tank, 2 oars, anchor and chain, hand pump, spare 2-1/2 gal. Gasoline tank, 2 life jackets; police never came to investigate following report
Colombia
Rosarios Islands Isla Grande
2012-12-16 00:00
Theft
Outboard
Not Locked
15 HP Yamaha 4 stroke stolen from stern rail, not locked, not reported
Colombia
Santa Marta Taganga Bay
2012-09-24 00:00
Assault
Lots
N/A
About 0200, boarded by 4 men with gun paddling a canoe, forced 3 crew to floor & tied them up. Ransacked boat, took cash, electronics. Fishing gear, dinghy and outboard. Beat 1 crew who received 20 stitches later in hospital.
Colombia
Cartegena
2010-01-07 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Locked
Anchored 200 ft from Club Nautico; cable cut
Colombia
Cartegena
2009-12-26 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Locked
15 Hp Yamaha and dinghy, dinghy locked to yacht with 1/4" galvanized chain. Chain cut.
Colombia
Cartegena
2009-12-11 00:00
Burglary
Laptop and electronics
Locked
Between 19-2000 crew ashore, boarded through open hatch, stole laptop and other consumer electronics
Colombia
Rosarios Islands
2009-12-08 00:00
Theft
Outboard
Not Locked
15 Hp Yamaha taken from dinghy
Colombia
Cartegena
2009-12-02 00:00
Robbery
Electronics, laptops
N/A
About sunset, coming in thru boca chica, boarded by 4 armed (machetes) men in dugout canoe. Coast guard came out immediately when called, after robbers left
Colombia
Rosarios Islands
2009-02-04 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
Isla Grande - 15 HP outboard and dinghy. Locals rallied to search. Fisherman found dinghy on nearly island and returned to police, fuel tank and outboard gone
Colombia
Isla Fuerte
2008-12-27 00:00
Theft
Stern anchor
N/A
Taken from rail
Colombia
Isla Fuerta
2008-07-21 00:00
Theft
Jerry jugs and lines
N/A
2 fuel cans of diesel and container of lines
Colombia
Isla Fuerte
2008-04-01 00:00
Attempted Theft
Failed
Locked
Man in dugout tried to get onboard; noise awoke crew who chased boarder off
Colombia
Rosarios Islands Isla Grande
2007-03-19 00:00
Theft
Outboard
Locked
New 15 HP Yamaha; reported to local hotel next day and large crew of local citizens turned out to search; found outboard buried in sand by 2 pm that afternoon!!!
Colombia
Rodardo
2006-12-02 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Locked
Zodiac 10' dinghy and 5 HP outboard; reported to coast guard and posted reward
Colombia
Rosarios Islands
2006-03-15 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Locked
Avon with 9 HP outboard
Colombia
Rosarios Islands
2006-01-23 00:00
Theft
Outboard
Not Locked
Small outboard;dinghy not locked not lifted
Guatemala
Rio Dulce Livingston
2018-06-17 05:00
Theft
9ft West Marine RIB/5HP 2S Mercury outboard
Not Locked
A yacht anchored in Livingston was planning an early departure and lowered the dinghy/outboard from the davits at 0430 hrs. At 0515 when preparing to raise anchor, the owner noticed that the dinghy was missing. On investigation it was found that the painter had been cleanly cut. A police report was made.
Guatemala
Rio Dulce Nana Juana
2018-05-11 23:00
Theft
Dinghy , 15 HP outboard
Locked
A yacht anchored in front of the marina had its in-the-water but locked dinghy stolen overnight. The owners discovered that the painter and locking cable had both been cut . The dinghy (minus the outboard) was recovered in the mangroves, but the tubes had been slashed, and the fuel tank, fuel line, manual pump and oars had also been taken. A report was made to the marina and on the VHF net.
Guatemala
Shell Bay
2018-05-04 17:00
Theft
CPAP machine, small electronics
Not Locked
An unlocked yacht was boarded between 5-7 PM while the owners were not onboard. A medical device and small electronics were stolen. A report was made on the VHF net
Guatemala
Bahia de Graciosa
2017-04-10 22:30
Assault
Yamaha 4HP - 4 stroke outboard
Not Locked
A yacht with 2 persons onboard was anchored alone in Graciosa Bay. On the second night they were awakened by a noise around 10:30 PM. The captain went to the cockpit and discovered a man was removing his 4HP-4 Stroke outboard from the rail mount, ( it was not locked) .

A scuffle ensued, and the captain ended up in the water next to the thief's boat. The thief had a handgun tucked into the front waistband of his pants, but did not remove it. He attempted to hold the captain's head underwater but was unsuccessful. The captain sustained minor injuries.

After the thief departed the yacht upped anchor and moved about 5 miles to Tres Puntas where 5 other cruising boats were anchored, but none were monitoring VHF. A report was made to the police, port captian and on the NW Caribbean SSB net the next day.
Guatemala
Rio Dulce Shell Bay Anchorage
2017-03-18 19:00
Theft
Electric tools, anchor line, some electronic stuff
Not Locked
Captain returned from town at 10 PM and found his unlocked boat had been entered, and electronics, tools and an anchor line were taken. This was announced on the local VHF net, but no police report was made.
Guatemala
Rio Dulce Bruno's Marina anchorage
2016-05-26 03:00
Theft
25 HP Yamaha
Locked
It was announced on this morning's VHF net that the Yamaha motor was stolen overnight from an occupied yacht at anchor.The outboard was attached to the dinghy with 2 locks. The dinghy was not taken; just the motor. The owner does not know how the motor was stolen off the dinghy. It was not mentioned whether the dinghy was in the water or in davits.
Guatemala
Rio Dulce Fronteras
2016-05-14 02:00
Theft
Inflatable dinghy with 8 HP Mercury outboard motor
Locked
An in the water but locked inflatable dinghy with 8 HP Mercury motor was stolen overnight. The dinghy was later recovered without the motor.
Guatemala
Rio Dulce Nana Juana Bay
2015-12-29 21:00
Theft
Electric tools, laptop, money, fenders, ropes
Not Locked
A thief or thieves stole multiple items from an unlocked, unoccupied boat in the Rio Dulce near Nana Juana, on 2015-12-29 .The theft was discovered when crew returned to the boat. There were no witnesses. Reported on loca Facebook Group.
Guatemala
Rio Dulce Nana Juana Bay
2015-12-11 23:11
Theft
Stole tools, pump, other stuff
Not Locked
A thief or thieves stole multiple items from an unlocked, unoccupied boat in the Rio Dulce near Nana Juana, on 2015-12-11 .The theft was discovered when crew returned to the boat. There were no witnesses. Reported on loca Facebook Group.
Guatemala
Shell Bay Anchorage
2015-09-09 03:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard motor
Unknown
On the VHF radio net, I heard the report of the dinghy and outboard motor theft. Shell Bay anchorage is the bay in front of Nana Juana and Ram Marinas. I have been in Rio Dulce for the last year and I believe I have now heard of six dinghy and outboard motor thefts here. CSSN NOTE: First person reports provide all cruisers with the best available information. When you hear a report on your local VHF net, PLEASE ASK THE VICTIM TO MAKE A SIMPLE ONLINE REPORT TO US !
Guatemala
Captain John's Marina
2015-08-14 01:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard motor
Unknown
A dinghy was stolen, the locking cable cut by a swimmer. CCTV cameras in the marina were reviewed but could not "see" the swimmer. The dinghy was later recovered - minus the outboard, oars and fuel tank. Not known if a police report was made.
Guatemala
Lago Izabal, El Estor
2014-10-30 09:00
Theft
dinghy,outboard,fuel tank,anchor and shoes, dinghy later recovered minus outboard and contents
Not Locked
Overnight an unlocked dinghy was stolen, the rope was cut. The theft was discovered in the morning and the dinghy, minus the outboard ,fuel tank, dinghy anchor and some shoes, was recovered undamaged. Reported to the police who indicated they would investigate, but they did not followup with the owner.
Guatemala
Rio Dulce Texan Bay
2008-08-11 00:00
Robbery
Lots
Not Locked
With 2 other boats at anchor, 5 men armed with machetes and gun; demanded us cash; took much personal electronics and boat equipment; 3 local outboards stolen same night
Guatemala
Rio Dulce Texan Bay
2008-08-11 00:00
Robbery
Generator
Locked
Early morning, several men tried to break into locked cabin; cut chain locking generator with bolt cutters; left machete and label from bolt cutters
Guatemala
Rio Dulce Monkey Bay
2008-08-09 00:00
Assault resulting in death
Lots
Not Locked
Boarded by 4 men who swam out with machetes; demanded US cash; struggle; captain and wife stabbed, captain died, wife hospitalized; 2 arrested 14 August and 2 casualities trying to evade capture
Honduras
Roatan West End
2018-12-02 02:00
Theft
Two 80 cu ft dive tanks
Not Locked
Overnight, while owners were sleeping, 2 boats each had an 80 cu ft dive tank stolen from their deck. It is not known if police reports were made.
Honduras
Utila
2018-11-24 02:00
Theft
fishing rod
Not Locked
Overnight, A fishing rod was stolen from an anchored yacht while owners slept, it is not known if a police report was made.
Honduras
100 miles offshore Honduras/Nicaragua border 16N/81W
2018-04-18 09:00
Attempted piracy
none, not successful
N/A
Two yachts departed Isla Providencia, Colombia for the Cayman Islands. They traveled northward together on a moonless night with lights and AIS. They were clear of the Gordo Banks region by about 30 miles. Feeling they were out of the piracy danger zone (see prior reports to CSSN) one of the boats raised full sail and began to pull away just before sunrise.

At 9 am the second yacht, a French flagged 51ft. monohull with a family of 5 onboard, at position 16-04.31N/81- 18.51W now more than 100 miles off the Honduran coast , sighted a fishing boat of about 10 meters overloaded with a dozen men onboard on an intersecting course. They attempted to contact their friends who were still in visual range on VHF 08, (which they had used sparingly overnight), but without success. They heard another conversation in a strange language/dialect (not Spanish/French/English) that included “barco grande, barco grande”. When they tried to call their friends on VHF 16 the channel was immediately blocked by very loud, continuous music.

The suspect pirate boat was able to pull parallel and close to 50 meters, and the occupants displayed a nervous and aggressive attitude. They were not friendly fishermen wanting to trade. No weapons were visible.

The yacht had put on all remaining sail and then attempted to add the engine, but it failed. Changing course to the SE put the pirate vessel at a disadvantage to the increasing wind and seas and the yacht was able to increase the distance separating the 2 vessels. Eventually the pirates fell back and the yacht turned northward. The yacht made contact with the French Coast Guard (Cross) by satellite phone, and the French Coast Guard maintained regular contact for the next several hours.

At 5 PM, alerted by the French CG, the Honduran navy reached the yacht by satellite phone and advised in English that they were still in danger, and that there were now 2 armed Honduran Naval vessels approaching the area but outside VHF range, who would escort the yacht back to safe port in Honduras. The yacht declined, but welcomed the presence of the Honduran Navy, and continued northward toward their planned destination.

Overnight and into the next day the French CG maintained regular satellite phone contact with the yacht, and later alerted officials in Cayman about the yachts expected arrival that evening, and their engineless status. They were met and assisted by Cayman CG/port officials to a mooring on arrival.

CSSN would like to thank the volunteer translators who so kindly assisted with this report.
Honduras
Gorda Banks
2018-04-13 11:15
Suspicious activity
N/A
N/A
A yacht transiting northward from Isla Providencia, Columbia to Grand Cayman, at a position of 15-45 N - 81-32 W was off the Gordo banks and traveling dark, and noticed a suspicious vessel on an intercept course from the WSW at 2245 HRS. At 2315 the suspect vessel was within a few hundred meters, displaying only running lights. The yacht assumed it was law enforcement and turned on its lights and made 3-4 calls on VHF 16 that were not answered.

The suspect vessel continued to track on an intercept course and increased speed in clear pursuit. The yacht was now able to identify the large 70+ ft. boat as a fishing trawler type vessel. The yacht was making good speed with full sail and added engine to further increase speed and was able to outpace the suspect vessel, which after 20 minutes gave up the pursuit, then stopped dead and lit up. The captain believes he was a target of opportunity and that the trawler was on the banks to fish.

CSSN NOTE: Routing, vigilance and preparation are important. Review summary piracy precautions specific to this area and other incidents on the dedicated regional piracy map, it's easy to Know Before You Go!
https://safetyandsecuritynet.org/piracy-passage-precautions-central-america/
https://safetyandsecuritynet.org/regional-piracy-infographics/
Honduras
Roatan, West End
2018-04-08 09:00
Theft
Outboard
Locked
Overnight, an unoccupied (but locked and minded) yacht on a mooring was broken into, and the dinghy outboard engine stolen. The mooring line was cut and the boat had grounded nearby where it was discovered by cruisers. It is not known if a police report was made.
Honduras
Gorda Bank
2018-01-18 17:00
Attempted piracy
n/a
N/A
A sailing yacht with 2 persons onboard departed Belize for Panama via Providencia. Off the Gordo Banks at 5PM at a position of 16*36.700N 082*17.280W they observed a small fishing boat with an enclosure on an intersecting course. They immediately altered course 90 degrees and noticed the small boat continued to attempt to follow. 2 other small fishing boats were spotted about 2-3 miles further away.

Listening to VHF they heard a discussion in Spanish about stealing a dingy (theirs was on the foredeck) and no other vessels were in the vicinity. The crew hailed a merchant vessel located about 15 nmiles away, and one of the small fishing boats made a false response, attempting to impersonate the merchant vessel. A private VHF DSC call was made to the merchant ship. Radar indicated that the small boats were unable to close the gap into difficult sea and wind conditions, and had fallen further out of range as it became dark. The yacht continued without lights or AIS transmit.

The next day VHF traffic in Spanish was overheard discussing “keeping a lookout for a white sailboat that got away last night". The yacht continued to Providencia without further incident.
Honduras
disputed waters off Honduras/Nicaragua border
2017-10-28 12:00
Piracy
cash,phone,GPS,computer,dive gear,fishing gear,food,medicine,rum and many small items
Not Locked
A single hander departed Livingston, Guatemala for Isla de Providencia, Colombia. At noon, when about 35 miles offshore of the Honduras/Nicaragua border he was boarded while motoring by 20 men in 3 pirogues.

The pirates did NOT display any weapons, but simply overran the yacht. The captain did not resist in any way. The pirates ransacked the yacht for about an hour. They ""took everything"", cash, phone, GPS, computer, dive gear, fishing gear, food, medicine, rum and many small items. The captain was able to negotiate with the leaders and was allowed to keep a navigational computer and a small GPS, as well as some jerry jugs of diesel. The pirates asked for drugs (there were none) before finally departing.

There were no injuries. The captain describes that damage to the yacht was out of ignorance, not malice. A report was made to Colombian officials in Providencia on arrival.
Honduras
Puerte Cortes Naval Base Yard
2017-04-13 08:00
Piracy
VHF, SSB. EPIRB, flares, outboard engine, binoculars, smartphones, tools,security items, clothing, suitcases, toiletries and many more small items
Not Locked
A sailing vessel departed the Rio Dulce, Guatemala intending to visit Utila, Honduras. They were motor sailing in light winds and at 8:00 AM, they were about 10 miles off the coast and were boarded by pirates. 4 men boarded (2 armed with handguns) and 1 remained in the open fishing boat.

The pirates were very aggressive, and fired their guns several times very close to the heads of the crew to ensure compliance. The crew spoke French and pretended not to “understand” while the boat was ransacked for about 1 hour.

The pirates took everything they could, while taking no precautions to conceal their identities. Once satisfied with their haul they departed in the direction of the Honduran coast.

There were no injuries to the crew. The yacht was able to make radio contact with the Puerto Cortes naval base and routed there to make reports to the Coast Guard, Police and Port Captain.
Honduras
Guanaja Graham's place
2017-04-06 20:00
Robbery
Cash, iPads, cellphone, electronics, cameras, monitors, fuel tank, propane cylinder, plus more
Not Locked
A yacht with 2 persons onboard anchored off Graham's Place around 4PM , and visited the palapa ashore. They met a man who identified himself by name and then asked several questions about thier planned stay, and number of persons on board.

At 8 PM they were boarded by 4 armed men (3 - 9mm handguns, 1 rifle) ,wearing military style pants, 2 hooded, and all wearing ranger type boots. One of the men was the man they had met earlier at the palapa. The men demanded all things of value and threatened to kill the crew if they made any noise or resisited. The captain/crew complied, and the men departed with cash, electronics, iPads, cameras, cellphone, a gas tank, and a propane cylinder after threatening to return if any report was made.

A detailed report was made to the police and the port captain.
Honduras
Utila
2017-03-16 02:00
Theft
85 HP outboard
Locked
85HP outboard engine locked on a panga was removed by thieves. An unsuccessful attempt was made to also remove a 15 HP outboard.

CSSN NOTE: a lifted (but not locked) panga with a well secured 40HP was stolen the same night from an adjacent dock.
Honduras
Utila
2017-03-16 01:10
Theft
18 ft Panga with Yamaha 40 HP engine
Not Locked
A panga with a well secured 40 HP outboard was lifted at a private dock. Video surveillance from shore revealed that at 1:10 AM the thief unscrewed the light bulb on the dock, and then in darkness was able to use a box knife to cut the lifting strap, (damaging it) and releasing the panga. The 40HP outboard was visibly well secured to the panga, and would have required serious tools/effort to remove. The lifted panga was not secured to the dock. A report was made to the police and port captain.

CSSN NOTE: the same night a neighbor’s locked 85 HP engine was removed from its panga on a nearby dock. The thief left evidence of using tools to remove the 85 HP, but was unsuccessful in an attempt to also remove a 15HP engine.
Honduras
Utila
2017-02-21 03:00
Theft
Dinghy and Mercury 5HP outboard. Dinghy was later found on the beach.
Not Locked
Overnight an unlocked dinghy was taken from a yacht. A local dive shop discovered the dinghy on the beach and it was returned (minus the outboard) to the owners. No report was made.
Honduras
Offshore - 20 miles off Gordo Bank (16N/82W)
2017-01-19 20:00
Piracy
iPads, electronics, rum
Not Locked
Preliminary Report : Chris Parker has provided the following information from a Weather Center subscribing yacht currently transiting from west Panama to the Yucatan. The yacht was boarded late on the 19th off Gordo Bank by pirates who seemed to be looking for drugs. Finding none, they took iPads, small electronics and rum. No injuries. No further infomation is currently available but a detailed report is expected once the yacht reaches its destination.
CSSN UPDATE 2017-01-26: Victims have provided a detailed FIRST HAND REPORT:
A 40 ft. monohull sailing from Panama passed over Gorda Banks at night with their AIS turned off. Passing Gorda Cay, they saw several fair sized fishing boats at the cay. A couple of hours later as they were exiting the banks about 10 miles NW of Gorda Cay, a panga tried to approach but was not able to overtake them, they were sailing quite fast.
The too-slow panga left but the men returned in a larger panga. Seeming friendly, they were fairly young and asked for food. They wouldn't leave the yacht alone, came close and were thrown a pineapple. They seemed happy and went away. A while later, another panga with several young men caught up with the yacht and asked for liquor. They were persistent but friendly and were tossed a six pack of beer. They also went away seeming happy. Then a third panga with a few men came asking for liquor. They were told they didn't have any and were tossed a melon. They went away.
Meanwhile the crew had texted friends using their Delorme InReach satellite texting system, alerting them that they were being pursued and didn't know if these were just desperate fishermen or pirates. At about 12 noon 4 pangas with a total of about 30 men approached and the crew activated the DSC distress signals on the SSB and VHF. Their InReach contact alerted the US Coast Guard in Baltimore, MD, to the changing situation.
The pirates signaled for everyone to put their hands up as they boarded. The lead panga carrying a man they all called “Boss" came alongside, bumping against the hull, and demanded in Spanish that they stop the engine. Faced with overwhelming force, they turned more into the wind and slowed down but pleaded ignorance as to their understanding of Spanish.
Several men boarded the boat. One had a knife that he continuously tapped on top of the chartplotter at the helm. One of the other men spoke some English and told the crew he wanted his men to go below and "inspect" the boat. He was told that only 2 at a time could go down, but several went down anyway. They turned off the SSB and VHF distress signals and ransacked the boat. They opened every cupboard and floorboard presumably looking for drugs. The English speaking pirate reported to "Boss" and when they found no drugs, the pirates down below took whatever they wanted, the most valuable of which included an iPad, a GPS, foul weather gear and shoes. Oddly, they did not ask for money. The “Boss” told them to finish up and the English speaking pirate made the crew shake hands as if this were a normal business transaction. The pirates motored away, and the crew continued sailing onward.
The crew was grateful that they were not harmed. Official reports to authorities will be made after the yacht reaches the US mainland.
Honduras
Offshore - 20 miles off Gordo Bank
2017-01-19 10:00
Piracy
Computers, smartphone, cash, electronics, binocular , vhf and handheld radios, alcohol, clothing
Locked
A French flagged catamaran departed Isla Providencia (Colombia) for Rio Dulce, Guatemala on 1/18/2017 at 8 AM. Travelling well offshore the Nicaraguan coastline, they turned OFF their AIS transmitter but monitored all traffic closely. They noticed only a few cargo or fishing vessels.
At 0830 on the morning of the 19th, after traveling 175 nm, now located 70 nm off the Nicaraguan coast and 35 nm ESE of the Hobbies islands they were approached by a single panga from the north with 6-7 men who asked for water and food. They were provided. At 0900 the same panga returned asking for more, and a pack of cigarettes was given, while suddenly 2 more fishing boats with 40 HP outboards approached at high speed from the south with 6-7 additional men. They converged on the catamaran, rammed and boarded the yacht, now visibly armed with knives and iron bars. Some of the pirates beat the locked doors and gained entry to the cabin while the others scavenged on deck. The leaders seemed to be looking for drugs, but found none. The pirates took computers, a smartphone, cash, assorted electronics, binoculars, VHF and handheld radios, alcohol, clothing, anything that they could grab or remove. After about an hour they departed.
Using a previously hidden VHF the crew made contact with a nearby merchant cargo ship which then contacted the Colombian navy and piracy agency while diverting in their direction. At 1030 AM a single panga returned with a mixed group of 8 of the youngest of the original pirates and again boarded, holding knives to the throats of the crew, this time attempting to sever the locked to the yacht dinghy/outboard. They were not successful and became nervous when they heard a VHF transmission from the approaching cargo vessel. The second group of pirates departed. The crew again made radio contact with the cargo vessel who took all necessary information and agreed to inform Colombian officials, the yacht declined further assistance and both vessels returned to their intended courses. The yacht proceeded to Guanaja, Honduras without further incident. They arrived on Friday January 20, and began the process of filing official reports with the police, port captain, Honduran navy and piracy agencies. Much had been stolen, there was damage to the yacht, but no injuries.
Honduras
Puerto Cortes Naval Base Yard
2017-01-13 17:30
Piracy
Hand held electronics, wall mounted TV, RIB dinghy and outboard, cash, alcohol, dive gear, passports
Not Locked
A US flagged sailing yacht with the owner/captain and 1 Canadian crew member onboard departed Puerto Cortez for Roatan. After 10 hours of sailing in strong easterlies and current they had made 13 miles of easting and were 5 miles off the coast.

At sunset they were approached and boarded from the west by a panga with 8 men onboard, with weapons drawn. The two pirates armed with semiautomatic guns immediately took control of the captain, who quickly made it clear he would comply with their wishes. Two men remained in the panga, while the 4 remaining pirates began pilfering the boat, roughing up the female crew member as she retrieved the demanded cash. During the 15 minutes they were ransacking the yacht the pirates took hand held electronics, a wall mounted TV, cash, alcohol, dive gear, and passports, as well as the RIB dinghy/outboard which was launched off the deck. The pirates departed to retrieve the dinghy and the yacht continued onward to Roatan. The captain believes his compliant and non-threatening posture prevented injury or worse.

After a difficult night with limited navigation and communications capability their radio call was answered by a US Navy surveillance airplane, that then overflew them and arranged for continued airborne escort to Roatan. The US Navy had arranged a warm welcome and official reports were made to the police, port captain and Honduran coast guard. The supporting consulates provided additional assistance with communications and passport replacement.
Honduras
Roatan West End
2016-09-25 02:00
Theft
10 ft Avon dinghy, 15 HP Yamaha
Not Locked
An in the water and not locked dinghy was taken from a boat at anchor overnight. It is not known if a police report was made.
Honduras
Utila East Harbour
2015-06-25 02:00
Theft
2 SCUBA tanks
Not Locked
Overnight 2 scuba tanks were stolen from an occupied boat while crew slept below. Reported to the Port Captain.
Honduras
Utila East Harbour
2015-06-15 02:00
Theft
wetsuit,fins and booties
Not Locked
Dive gear (wetsuit,fins and booties) left drying on deck was stolen overnight
Honduras
Punta Sal (Tela)
2015-03-28 17:00
Piracy
Money, Camera, Ipod Mp3, Gasoline, VHF, GPS, various random items they could find
Not Locked
Whilst underway close to Punta Sal we noticed a small fishing boat following us from the west. They approached and asked for gasoline. Sudddenly 3 of the 4 men boarded our sailing vessel with guns and demanded money. We were threatened with guns to our heads and a knife to my wife's throat. We cooperated with the pirates and gave them what they wanted. The pirates cut the main halyard, cut the gps cables, stole the VHF radio and other electronics, threw our fresh water supplies over board and put the engine in full throttle. They grounded the sailboat into the secluded bay "Escondido" inside the Jeanette Kava National Park. 4 days later we were rescued after SOS signs we made in the ground at the park's entrance were seen by visitors who arrived by boat to another area of the park. No one was harmed, but it was a frightening experience. The boat was damaged and was still aground several days after we were rescued while local officials worked with the captain to make temporary repairs and remove the yacht to a repair facitlity. CSSN NOTE: When local and federal Honduran officials learned of this incident, they provided not only assistance to the captain, but also hotel accommodations, support and return air travel to the temporary crew/victims.
Honduras
Lawson Rock
2015-03-02 12:00
Theft
A Robertson and Caine catamaran was stolen 3 March from the Lawson Rock dock
Not Locked
The catamaran stolen on 3 March from Lawson Rock dock was reported to authorities and then found 1 week later abandoned/beached at Mahahual. It is not known if there was any damage to the yacht, or if anything had been stolen from the yacht.
Honduras
Underway from Bay Islands to the Rio Dulce
2015-02-01 10:00
Piracy
The robbers took the outboard motor, the computer, the iphone, money, jewelry etc. They were unhurried
N/A
Yacht was robbed by three armed men in an open launch 15 miles off shore opposite Puerto Cortez, Honduras, while underway Vessels vhf radio was not working. Nobody was physically hurt. Reported to the authorities at Livingston.
Honduras
Roatan West End
2015-01-23 20:30
Burglary
A small amount of cash
Locked
While the owners were off the boat onshore for dinner unknown invader(s) boarded the boat, pried open a hatch and stole a small amount of cash. The boat was locked and there was damage to the hatch through which the invader(s) entered and another hatch which they were unable to open. There were no witnesses and no one was injured. Reported on NW Caribbean Net (0800 CST, 1400 UTC, 6209 USB alt 6212 & 6516)
Honduras
Roatan Port Royal
2012-07-02 00:00
Assault
Lots
Unknown
About 0100, boarded by 3 men armed with pistol & 12 guage shotgun; pistol whipped captain; tied up crew; ransacked boat for 30 minutes; crew called police but had to go to police station to report
Honduras
Roatan Calabash Bight
2011-04-04 00:00
Theft
Outboard
Locked
2.5 HP Yamaha talen from rail mount during night, reported to police
Honduras
Guanaja El Bight
2011-04-02 00:00
Assault
Electronics, cash
N/A
About 0200, boarded by 2 men, captain beaten, crew tied up. Crew freed themselves and called police. 3 April - 1 in custody; 5 April - 2nd in custody; court 15 April. Entire island helped with search
Honduras
El Diamante
2010-12-23 00:00
Assault resulting in death
Unknown
N/A
About 9 pm, man shot 4 times; daughter called for help on radio and picked up by commercial vessel; police investigating
Honduras
Puerto Escondido
2010-11-24 00:00
Robbery
Lots
N/A
About 2130, boarded by 5 armed men who kicked door in. Took two computers, camera, binocularsm cell phone, radio, printer, flashlights, chargers, clothes, shoes, food.
Honduras
Puerte Cortes Naval Base Yard
2006-08-15 00:00
Burglary
Lots
Locked
Between 1 July and 30 Sept., several entries; lost about US$3500 about 80% recovered; 11 men arrested by navy commandant
Nicaragua
Media Luna Cays
2016-12-20 10:00
Piracy
all extra diesel stored in containers, mobile phones, money, clothes, food, fishing equipement, navigation aids, personal effects, various sailing equipement
N/A
A yacht owner and friend were sailing a 12m monohull from Bocas del Toro, Panama to Belize. Passing 30-40 miles off the shallow coast of Nicaragua, it had been a difficult and tiring trip so they decided to make a rest stop in the uninhabited Media Luna Cays. At 10 AM while underway they were approached at high speed by 2 pangas (longboats with outboards), each with 4 men onboard. They seemed friendly initially and asked for a drink, and were given a few beers. Then suddenly many more boats appeared over the horizon, making thirteen in all, and the intentions of the assembled group became clear. They overwhelmed the yacht, and were raucous and menacing while their visible knives remain sheathed. They attempted to “guide” the boat onto the reef where 2 other wrecked boats were visible. When the yacht veered away they became more aggressive and began to ram into the side of the yacht, causing damage to the hull and port lights. The crew managed to keep sailing as they were boarded by 25-30 men, with another 30 or so men in the remaining pangas. A larger boat with a cabin and radio antenna carried the leader. He boarded and demanded to search the boat for cocaine. The crew negotiated a truce of sorts with the leader and allowed him (only) to search below. Some of the others forced their way below anyway, and along with the many pirates topsides helped themselves to fuel, food, cash, cellphones, fishing gear, clothing, marine electronics and anything they could remove. The crew protested when they took gear necessary to their continued travel and in a few cases it was reluctantly returned by the leader. The leader seemed proud of his control over his assistants and eventually forced them up and off the yacht. He asked for a reward for keeping his word, and pointed to a small Wi-Fi speaker, which he was given. The pirate leader and crew thanked each other and shook hands. The pirates then departed and the crew continued onto Belize, where they made a report to the Cucumber Beach Marina on arrival. They were relieved the pirates had remained nonviolent, after not finding the cocaine that they had apparently expected to commandeer. A courtesy report to the regional British High Commission (consulate) has been made.
Nicaragua
Offshore
2016-01-27 00:00:00
Attempted piracy
Unknown
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.<br><br>CSSN UPDATE 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.<br>Time 11 am Wednesday morning, January 27. Location :N14*30'13.0 W 081*55'41.9 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."
Nicaragua
Disputed waters
2015-10-12 16:00
Attempted piracy
N/A
Attempted boarding by 4 men in a skiff. Before they got close enough to jump on board we displayed weapons and they backed off. They followed us for about 15 minutes until we called a pan pan distress call. Reported to Police, Coast Guard, Port Captain, Local VHF Net.
Nicaragua
Cayos Miskitos
2014-11-21 12:00
Attempted piracy
None - Chase Unsuccessful
N/A
The chaser boat was a 60/70 foot boat in poor condition, with no fishing equipment, We crossed the "pirate ship" course, now less than 200 meters from our stern, remaining ahead. Crew of the pirate boat was in the bow, around the quarterdeck and I saw the hooks on deck, ready to be launched. At that point our speed indicator log begun to score 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 knots. (catamarans can be fast).The pirate ship started to become smaller and smaller. The gloomy figures on the quarterdeck less distinguishable. After just a few minutes the pirates decided to "give up", changing route again. We decided to stay on a full speed course until we had put at least 10 miles of water between us and them.
Nicaragua
Cabo Gracia A Dios
2009-10-26 00:00
Assault
Lots
N/A
At 15-4.7N 82-55.1W, boarded by 4 men armed with shotguns and pistols. Tied up crew and took cameras, cash, outboard, watches, handheld VHF, GPS, cell phones
Panama
Linton Bay
2018-10-30 03:00
Burglary
Everything below deck including 2 TVs, tools dive gear, life jackets , etc.
Locked
An unoccupied boat at anchor was burglarized. The owners had been absent for about 2 weeks and on their return discovered a pry bar had been used to defeat the companionway lock and gain entry. The thieves took many things from below (TV’s tools, dive gear, etc.) and would have needed considerable time to accomplish their thievery. This burglary was the 4th incident in this bay during the last month, use CSSN’s Zoom -Tap, Know and Go ! interactive infographic to review the available information on these incidents. This incident was reported to the police (Aeronaval), and the marina. Nighttime patrols have been put in place recently.
Panama
Linton Bay
2018-10-23 23:00
Robbery
Cash, wallets, credit cards, cell phones, cameras, laptops and iPads
Not Locked
A charter catamaran was boarded and robbed at gunpoint by 3 armed men, who arrived at the boat by panga at about 23:00 hrs. Stolen at gunpoint were cash, credit cards, phones, and personal electronics, etc. There were no injuries. The thieves departed in an easterly direction, toward Isla Grande. CSSN NOTE: Details are not complete for this report, unfortunately. A similar incident apparently occurred a month earlier, as well as another on this same night, but neither were reported to CSSN with sufficient detail. Cruisers, the Linton Bay Marina staff and the Aeronaval have now instituted nighttime patrols in the area.
Panama
Linton Bay Marina
2018-08-23 00:00
Theft
15hp Yamaha outboard engine
Locked
A Yamaha 15 HP outboard was chain locked to the stern of a water stored unoccupied yacht in the Marina mooring field. Its absensce was noted by nearby concerned cruisers and reported to the marina, who contacted the owner about the theft.
Panama
Isla Grande
2018-03-01 00:00
Burglary
8HP Yamaha
Locked
Thief broke into locked yacht and stole a stored 8 HP Yamaha outboard
Panama
San Blas Nargana
2018-02-10 02:00
Theft
iPad
Unknown
Overnight an iPad was stolen from an occupied yacht, no further details currently available .
Panama
San Blas Wasaladup
2018-01-14 02:00
Theft
11 ft. Boston Whaler and 15 HP Mercury engine
Not Locked
Overnight an in-the-water and not locked dinghy went “missing”. There were 2 separate lines securing the dinghy to the yacht, both were now untied (not frayed or chafed) at the dinghy end but still secure to the yacht. The owners conducted an extensive search that day and did not locate the dinghy. A $100 reward was offered. 3 days later the dinghy was “found” and the promised reward paid. The outboard (which had not been locked to the dinghy) had been removed and was inside the dinghy, the fuel tank and other items were still in place.
Panama
San Blas Ustupu
2017-11-06 08:00
Theft
40 ft. of port headsail sheet
Not Locked
When departing, owners anchored just west of Ustupu discovered their port headsail sheet had been cut just behind the track car and the remaining 40 ft. of line stolen. It had been coiled and secured to the lifeline. Their buddy boat reported that sunscreen and bugspray had been taken from their dinghy while tied to the Ustupu military dock. The theft will be reported to the local officials at their next stop westbound.
Panama
Ft. Sherman Shelter Bay Marina
2017-11-01 23:00
Theft
One folding bicycle
Not Locked
Whilst moored at B dock in Shelter Bay Marina, a black folding bicycle was left (set up) and on its stand in the vessel’s cockpit. At some point during the night the vessel was boarded and the bike was stolen.
Panama
Bocas del Toro
2017-10-05 03:35
Theft
75HP outboard
Locked
75 HP outboard was stolen overnight. the boat and engine were on a dock lift and both well locked. The power was off to the lift but thieves used an angle grinder to cut the locking cables and tools to remove the bolted on engine. Police are investigating and have made an arrest and recovered another boat/motor stolen from the same dock that night.(see previous report)


CSSN UPDATE - November 15, 2017 : The victim has reported that police recovered the 75 HP outboard and made arrests. Those involved have been released on bail while the investigation continues.
Panama
Bocas del Toro
2017-10-05 03:30
Theft
boat with 40 HP outboard
Locked
An in the water but locked to the dock boat in Isla Carenero was stolen overnight. The thieves were well prepared with cutting tools. The dinghy was recovered by police the next day at the nearby marina, minus the outboard. Police made an arrest and recovered the outboard as well.

CSSN UPDATE - November 15, 2017 : The victim has reported that police made arrests. Those involved have been released on bail while the investigation continues.
Panama
San Blas East Lemmon Cays
2017-09-07 13:00
Theft
One Casio watch
Not Locked
Before going for a swim at Dog Island, about 300 meters from his yacht, the captain removed his watch and secured it at the top of the swim ladder. He noticed a cayuco with 3 men passing close by his stern and discovered the watch missing when he returned from his swim. No police report was made.
Panama
Bocas del Toro
2017-08-29 01:00
Theft
Caribe dinghy/ 15HP outboard
Unknown
Dinghy/outboard stolen overnight, no further details available
Panama
Portobello
2017-08-21 04:00
Theft
dinghy with outboard, dinghy recovered minus outboard
Locked
An in-the-water but chain locked dinghy was stolen overnight. The dinghy minus the outboard was recovered the next morning
Panama
Portobello
2017-06-29 01:00
Attempted theft
None - unsuccessful
Locked
Overnight an in-the-water dinghy with outboard had 2 lines cut, but lock/chain prevented theft
Panama
San Blas Nargana
2017-01-28 02:00
Theft
wallet and cellphones
Not Locked
While the crew slept, thieves entered an unlocked catamaran anchored overnight SW of Nargana. The thieves took a wallet and cellphones from the salon chart table, leaving 2 sets of muddy footprints behind. A report was made to local officials and also to Chris Parker's weather net. CSSN wishes to thank the victims and Chris for confirming details from this remote area via HF radio.
Panama
Bocas del Toro
2016-12-29 04:00
Theft
Yamaha 15 HP
Locked
A dinghy was hoisted and the outboard locked with 1/4" stainless steel cable to a dock piling. The cable was cut and the outboard stolen. A report to local authorities was made, and a reward offered.
Panama
Bocas del Toro
2016-12-21 02:00
Theft
15 HP/2S Yamaha outboard
Unknown
An outboard engine (15HP/2S Yamaha) was stolen from a cayuco, no further details available
Panama
Bocas del Toro
2016-12-21 01:00
Theft
14ft. panga with 2S/30HP Suzuki
Not Locked
In Bahia Honda, an unlocked 14ft panga with a 30 HP/2S Suzuki was stolen by a swimmer from the canal overnight. A video surveillance camera captured the theft on tape, but it was not sufficient to make an ID of the thief who seemed to be aware of the camera.
Panama
Rio Chagres
2016-05-12 08:00
Burglary
Hand held electronics, camera, watch, tools.
Locked
At anchor one mile up from mouth of river. Off the boat in dinghy fishing. Boat locked up. Returned after two hours and saw a boat at our boat, quickly departing. Discovered locked companionway slide kicked open (minor damage) and boat ransacked. Two or three perps in 18 foot white aluminum skiff with black outboard, believed to be local fisherman. Notified soldiers on naval patrol boat at mouth of river, and they searched area for three hours in their craft, feeder streams in my dinghy, and waded up small streams. Very helpful, professional, courteous. Took full report. Also reported on the local VHF net.
Panama
Bocas del Toro
2016-01-21 13:00
Attempted theft
None, thief was not able to defeat the lock
Locked
At approximately 1 PM a yacht anchored in Old Bank Bay was boarded and repeated but unsuccessful attempts were made to break-in through the locked companionway. Neighbors witnessed the attempt and photographed the panga with 85 HP outboard.
Panama
San Blas East Lemon Cays
2015-07-27 02:00
Burglary
Three solar panels, binoculars, wifi router, guitar, tools (set of pliers), kitchen-tools, butan-gas tank
Locked
My boat was burgled in the East Lemon cays, Yansalardup-anchorage. Boat was on anchor, while I was away for some days. Boat was locked, three other sailing-boats were anchored nearby and did take care of my boat (watching it during the daytime, opening hatches every couple of days, checking bilge, etc...). Burglars came in the night, broke into my boat by forcing the door open, and stole mentioned things. Same burglars stole two days later a dinghy with outboard in the West Lemon cays from an american flagged vessel and got caught another two days later. Police found the stolen dinghy on their island. They also found my stolen solar panels. I also got some of my other stolen stuff back after some weeks with the help of a kuna who convinced the thieves to give back the stolen items to reduce the penalty for them. A report was made at the police station.
Panama
Balboa Taboga Island
2014-03-14 02:30
Attempted Robbery
Failed
Locked
3 armed gunmen departed after firing 5 shots when they realized they had underestimated the response from the yacht which was anchored alone at south end of Taboga island, off Balboa, Panama City and departed immediately after the incident
Panama
Isla Grande
2013-08-31 00:00
Attempted Theft
Failed
Locked
At around 22:00 crew heard some noise on bow went out to investigate with light saw man on bow who jumped down to a waiting pinero and drove off quickly, not reported
Panama
Las Brisas
2013-06-17 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Locked/Not Locked
Three dinghies were stolen overnight at Las Brisas. Their outboards taken and two of the dinghies were found washed ashore slashed by knives. Two of the dinghies were chained and locked, the third had the painter cut with a knife. Reported to the police.
Panama
San Blas West Lemmon Cays
2013-03-13 00:00
Theft
Solar panels
N/A
Boat unoccupied and on mooring for extended time; wires cut and solar panels taken
Panama
San Blas West Lemmon Cays
2013-02-20 00:00
Theft
Outboard
Locked
15hp outboard locked to dinghy, dinghy raised out of water but not locked; only outboard taken
Panama
Bocas Del Toro
2012-07-08 00:00
Assault
Lots
Unknown
About 0100, boarded by 2 armed men in canoe; tied up crew, ransacked boat'; took everything of value; woman hospitalized; police investigating
Panama
Bocas Del Toro
2012-07-07 00:00
Robbery
Gas can
Unknown
About 2230, attempt by 2 men to board; repelled by crew
Panama
Colon
2012-03-28 00:00
Assault
Cash, computers, cameras, etc.
N/A
At anchor near Club Nautico; boarded by 3 men; captain tied up and beaten; took cash, 3 computers, binoculars, mp3, and dinghy. Police later found dink on shore.
Panama
San Blas Nargana
2011-12-23 00:00
Assault
Cash
N/A
Boarded by 2 men in dugout canoe; tied up captain & held knife to throat, demanded money - gave them $70. Threatened to kill him if he reported it. They left, he got untied and set off flare as call for help
Panama
Portobelo
2011-01-31 00:00
Assault resulting in death
Lots
N/A
Body of captain found by snorkelers weighed down by anchor and chain; numerous articles found in possession of suspect; boat seizedby police at town east of Portobelo. Suspect arrested, convicted, in prison.
Panama
San Blas Ustupu
2011-01-19 00:00
Assault resulting in death
Lots
N/A
Boat with newly-painted name seized by police; suspect arrested mid-february; captain still missing
Panama
Bocas Del Toro
2010-06-03 00:00
Theft
Computer
Not Locked
While crew ashore for dinner; police came to boat to take report
Panama
Bocas Del Toro
2010-05-28 00:00
Attempted Burglary
Failed
Locked
About 0300, awoken by flashlight shining through porthole. Yelling scared off intruder. Nothing taken. Police came but no official report possible because nothing was taken. Police said dinghy taken from another boat that night.
Panama
Rio Chagres
2010-02-23 00:00
Theft
Outboad,fuel can,lock and chain
Locked
Midday;dinghy locked to dock for hike. Dinghy and dock slashed to bits by machete in effort to get to outboard
Panama
Ft. Sherman Shelter Bay Marina
2009-03-15 00:00
Theft
Outboard
Locked
While in US and boat on the hard, outboard locked to stern rail; also two other outboards taken in same week and thefts on several boats on dock
Panama
San Blas Isla Grande
2007-05-09 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Unknown
No further details
Panama
San Blas
2007-05-01 00:00
Theft
Swim Fins
N/A
Local boat selling molas came along side; when left, noticed fins were gone
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