2957 – 2022-11-16 – Honduras – Offshore04 – Suspicious Activity


CSSN Report
CSSN First Hand Report

DATE: 2022-11-16 22:45
LOCATION: Honduras – Offshore04
EVENT: Suspicious Activity
SECURED: Does not apply
DETAILS: A 47′ catamaran with two (2) persons on board departed Shelter Bay marina, Panama for Punta Gorda, Belize. Moving at about 8 knots, at 2245HRS they detected a boat two (2) nm in their forward path on radar. Their position was 16° 08.560 N, 082° 05.140 W, approx. 95 nautical miles off the coast of Honduras.

The captain determined there were 2 fishing boats, one heading directly (bow to bow) at the catamaran. Course was altered, and the enclosed fishing boat (est. 12m) also altered course and continued its direct approach. Course was again altered and 2nd engine added and the yacht went dark. A second similar fishing boat was noted, also heading for the yacht. The first fishing boat had closed to within 60 feet on the port beam. With the addition of the second engine and a favorable wind angle the catamaran was moving at 12 knots, and the fishing boats were unable to keep pace but followed on the altered course for an additional 30 minutes. There were no radio communications.

The catamaran continued without further incident to Belize, and made an informal report to authorities on arrival.
ID: 2957