DATE: 2022-01-16 02:30
LOCATION: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – St. Vincent – Buccament Bay
STOLEN ITEMS: Camera, computer, cash, phone
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: Two yachts were the only visiting yachts anchored in Buccament Bay, St. Vincent. On the second night of their stay, the singlehanded captain/owner of one of the yachts awoke when he was being choked by 1 of 2 men who had boarded through a closed but not locked companionway. After the attackers displayed a gun to ensure cooperation a cloth/hood was placed over the captains head and he was tied up. The thieves ransacked the boat taking cash and electronics (phone, computer, camera). The thieves seemed unprepared to take the lifted and chain locked dinghy from the davits. They departed in an unpowered boat, which authorities indicated may have been stolen from a nearby bay.
A call was made on VHF 16 and a lighthouse station responded, and then contacted the Coast Guard, who arrived promptly and also contacted the police. The police arrived promptly to take a report, but no forensics were collected.
CSSN NOTE: The thieves had attempted to board the other yacht earlier the same night, but were not successful when the owners awoke and were able to discourage the two men. VHF calls to their buddy boat (victim above), were not answered.