MORE Canouan Yacht Crime Sally Erdle

Fwd: MORE Canouan Yacht Crime

from:Sally Erdle<sally@caribbeancompass.com>to:Ministry of Tourism <tourism@gov.vc>
cc:cecil mckie <cesym@hotmail.com>,
Michael Charles <cro39cus@yahoo.com>,
Justin Cupid <juscupid@hotmail.com>,
pmosvg@caribsurf.com,
reservations@tamarind.us,
Barefoot Yachts <barebum@vincysurf.com>,
Horizon Yacht Charters – Grenada <horizonyachts@spiceisle.com>
date:Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 3:55 PMsubject:major yacht problems in Canouanmailed-by:yourhostingaccount.com
Dear All,
I’m copying this to all of you yet again in sincere hopes that a serious situation regarding ongoing yacht boardings in Canouan will receive some attention before the new tourism season begins.
A record number of yachts have been boarded and burgled while visiting Canouan so far this year, and still it appears that no effective action is being taken to protect our yachting industry.
The letter below has been received for publication in the October issue of Caribbean Compass.
Please let me know what, if anything, is being done. Otherwise yachts will simply stop visiting Canouan and that island’s reputation as a “no go” area will tarnish the entire Grenadines.
Sincerely,
Sally Erdle, Editor
Caribbean Compass

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Date: September 11, 2015 8:00:48 AM GMT-04:00
Subject: Canouan Crime 

Dear Sally,

Wanted to caution readers visiting Canouan.   On September 8th we visited Charlestown Bay.  While Charlestown Bay was lovely, the overall experience was not.  The mooring ball that Marcus assured us was strong enough for our catamaran was not. The mooring ball was detached and dragging the chain when we dove down to look at it.  After quickly climbing aboard and anchoring, we later decided to have a drink and dinner at the bar at the Tamarind dinner.   Guess someone else was in the mood for dinner too because when we returned to our boat, the outside refrigerator had been emptied of food and drinks.   The “uninvited diners” left a few of the empty food containers in the fridge but took all the rest with them.

Beautiful place but not the best experience.  The only reason we chose to use a mooring ball was to provide local business.   Will not be stopping there again.

Thanks-
Concerned Cruisers

PS.  I did call the hotel and report the theft and they said they would alert the coast guard in the area to be watchful.

Dear All,
I’m copying this to all of you in hopes that a serious situation in Canouan will receive some attention before the new tourism season begins. A shocking number of yachts have been boarded and burgled while visiting Canouan so far this year.
As Ms White of the international yachts’ Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) states in the attached letter, “Never in the 19-year history of CSSN has a single location in the Caribbean Basin suffered so many incidents in so short a time, even those locations that typically attract a much larger number of visiting yachts.”
The CSSN is working hard to keep yachting visitors safe throughout the Caribbean. I hope that we in SVG will do our part to keep our yachting visitors safe in Canouan.
Very best regards,
Sally Erdle, Editor
Caribbean Compass
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From: Caribbean Safety and Security Net <safetyandsecuritynet@gmail.com>
Date: August 25, 2015 12:32:35 PM GMT-04:00
To: Sally Erdle Compass <sally@caribbeancompass.com>
Subject: Canouan – communications, problems

 

Kim R. White, S/V Gabrielle
Caribbean Safety and Security Net
https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.org/
Click Incident Report Icon                            Click Below to
 

Sally,

 

I appreciate your help with this .  I will attach 2 files, one is the fax that was not answered(784-456-2816) 5x today.  It contains the chron of communications from CSSN and the original letter (at the bottom of the chron) , the 2nd attachment is the orignal file that summarized the incidents in Canouan that was also sent with the origianl communication to PC Charles, et al, on 7/20/15

My first communication with PC Charles (and others) was on 7/20/15, followed up on Aug 3rd,  then again on August 6th with NCCP.  I have had no responses from any of the many parties.

 

Please use whatever method you think best (include this email if you desire) to get this information to PC Charles, and please ask for positive confirmation of receipt if that is possible. I greatly appreciate your help, the situation in Canouan needs immediate attention.  A response from PC Charles (or his designee) to safetyandsecuritynet@gmail.com is the end objective.

 

Thank again,

 

Kim White

 

 

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