CSSN News – February 13, 2023 – Armed boarding in Las Perlas, Panama


While CSSN does not include Pacific anchorages in our database reporting, a recent event In Las Perlas has come to our attention. This is a common first stop for yachts that are west bound after transiting the Panama Canal.

A yacht anchored alone off Isla del Rey on Isla de Espiritu Santo was boarded by 3 men armed with guns at about 2000HRS, on February 9, 2023. The crew was made to lie face down in the cockpit with guns to their heads while the yacht was thoroughly ransacked, and everything stolen. The radio was disabled before they departed. There were no physical injuries. The yacht sought assistance from another yacht the next morning and both departed the area. 

UPDATE: A police report was made, and consular officials were notified