Most Recent Incidents

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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

Other – details in description

COUNTRY
LOCATION
DATE
EVENTS
STOLEN-ITEMS
HOW-SECURED
NOTES
St. Martin (French)
Lagoon
2017-08-09 01:00
Theft
dinghy and outboard
Locked
dinghy/outboard stolen overnight
SVG
Union Chatham Bay
2017-07-26 01:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard (AB 4.3 m fiberglass dinghy with Yamaha Enduro 40 hp outboard)
Locked
A locked and in-the-water dinghy was stolen overnight, remnants of the severed painter and cable were all that remained. A police report was filed in Clifton and local marine park authorities were also notified.
SVG
Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
2017-07-26 01:00
Attempted theft – unsuccessful theft, see above
none noticed immediately
Unknown
A charter catamaran was boarded overnight. The captain heard noise as a hatch was being opened and chased the man, who dove overboard and swam away. The SVG Coast Guard took a report from the victims the next day.
SVG
Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
2017-07-25 01:20
Attempted theft
Nil.
Locked
A yacht was boarded by a single male who dove overboard and swam away after being confronted by the owners from behind the locked cabin door at about 1 AM. Several VHF calls to the SVG Coast Guard were not answered. The owners departed the next morning and made a report to the SVG police in Bequia, who indicated they would forward the report to the SVG Canouan police.
Martinique
Fort de France
2017-07-24 16:00
Attempted theft
Failed
Locked
Attempted theft of dinghy from the dinghy dock, was reported to local authorities.
Grenada
Grenada Mt. Hartman Bay
2017-07-11 04:00
Theft
12 ft. AB rib with 25 HP Yamaha engine
Locked
A dinghy/outboard locked to a private dock was stolen overnight. The same night 2 other boats were boarded and ransacked at this same dock and a nearby dinghy's outboard was stolen from a lifted dinghy on an unoccupied yacht. Owners believe all events are related and were conducted from the water vs. land side . A police report was made, and also announced on the VHF net.
Grenada
Grenada Mt. Hartman Bay
2017-07-11 04:00
Theft
15 HP Suzuki 4 stroke engine
Locked
An unoccuopied yacht on a mooring had its dinghy's outboard stolen overnight. The dinghy was lifted and the outboard was locked to the dinghy.The same night a dinghy at a nearby dock was stolen and 2 boats at the same dock were ransacked. A police report was made and this was also announced on the VHF net.
SVG
Bequia Admiralty Bay- Port Elizabeth
2017-06-14 12:10
Theft
Outboard motor tool & spares kit
Not Locked
When stowing their dinghy at departure, owners discovered that the waterproof pouch containing the outboard toolkit and spares had been taken from the dinghy during their 2 week stay in Admiralty Bay, Bequia. No police report was made.
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.
SVG
St. Vincent Wallilabou
2017-05-24 05:00
Theft
Dinghy
Not Locked
At first light a boatboy arrived with the yachts dinghy, the owners had not yet realized it was missing. The boatboy asked for a "security fee" for the safe return of the dinghy and a modest fee was paid. The owners had not locked the dinghy to the yacht, but did not feel it had gone adrift. They now lock the dinghy overnight.
Cayman Islands
George Town
2017-05-12 19:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
For three weeks a yacht’s dinghy/outboard was pulled ashore well above the tide line at 6PM and left unlocked in downtown George Town while the owners went to the weekly happy hour nearby. When they returned at 8PM the dinghy/outboard had been stolen. A police report was filed by phone. Owners advise locking to the Lobster Pot dive center dock instead.
Dominican Republic
Luperon
2017-04-28 14:00
Vandalism
None
N/A
A yacht was tied to a mooring in Luperon Bay for a few hours before the owner went ashore. Vandals released the yacht, and removed all lines from it and the mooring itself during daylight hours. The yacht was seen adrift, an emercency VHF call was made and the yacht was recovered undamaged . No police report was made.
SVG
Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
2017-04-27 03:00
Theft
Cash, cellphones
Not Locked
Overnight while the catamaran owners slept below, a thief boarded and then entered the salon through an unlocked deck hatch. The thief stole cash and cellphones and then exited through the hatch. A police report was made the next day.

CSSN NOTE: This is the 4th event of this type reported to CSSN at this location in the last 6 weeks CSSN NOTE: updated to FIRSTHAND report 2 May 2017
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.
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.
Puerto Rico
Vieques Isabel Segunda
2017-04-08 19:30
Theft
15hp Yamaha Outboard
Locked
Between 6-8 PM while the owners were onboard, a yacht moored in Isabel Segunda had the cable/locks to their in-the-water and locked 10 ft. RIB/15 HP Yamaha outboard cut, and the outboard was stolen. The owners did not hear any disturbance and made a report to the police the next morning, but were refused a copy of the written report.

CSSN NOTE: This is the sixth report of theft from Vieques in 2017, and the first this year from Isabel Segunda. The thieves operating in Vieques are well prepared and seem beyond the interest or reach of authorities there. If you choose to visit Vieques, best practices are called for, LIFT and LOCK (securely) dinghies when not in use.
Guadeloupe
Marie Galante Grand Bourg
2017-04-08 02:00
Theft
dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
Overnight a dinghy that was secured with 2 lines, but not locked, was stolen from a yacht anchored outside Grand Bourg. The dinghy was recovered the next day minus the outboard and badly damaged.
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.
Martinique
Fort de France
2017-04-05 21:30
Theft
Outboard gas tank with gas and waterproof light
Locked
At 9:30 PM owner/crew returned to their locked dinghy on the long main dock. They discovered that the padlock securing the outboard and gas tank had been broken open and the gas tank was gone. The thief left the fuel line but had broken it off at the outboard leaving the connector still attached. A small waterproof flashlight (not locked) was also taken.
Martinique
Fort de France
2017-04-02 01:30
Theft
dinghy fuel tank
Locked
Owner returned to their locked dinghy on the long main dock at 0130 HRS and found that the cable locking the fuel tank to the dinghy had been cut, and the tank stolen.
SVG
Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
2017-04-01 02:00
Attempted theft
None
Locked
While the crew slept a yacht was boarded overnight. The crew had been boarded and burglarized in this anchorage previously, so they moved all gear inside and locked up. The thief lowered and boarded by the swim ladder and then attempted to enter through both deck hatches and the companionway, but was unsuccessful because all were securely locked. CSSN NOTE: This location was plagued by similar burglaries and thefts in 2015 (11 reported to CSSN) ) and also a report in 2016. This is the 2nd report for 2017. Read that report here LINK, or review them all and related News items by typing "Canouan" in the search box on any CSSN webpage.
SVG
Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
2017-03-28 02:30
Attempted theft
No stolen items
Not Locked
A charter catamaran was anchored 300 meters from the hotel. The dinghy was lifted on davits, but the cabin doors were left open. At 2.30 AM, a crew member woke up because of some unusual noise. As he went up to the main cabin, a thief ran out of the cabin and jumped over board as the crew member shouted loudly and turned on lights. Another crew member saw a second man jump overboard from the opposite pontoon. Wet footprints were found inside the vessel. The theives were not successful, no items were stolen.

CSSN NOTE: This is third incident of this type in this bay within a 2 week period, and the first report of multiple thieves onboard.
SVG
Mayreau Saline Bay
2017-03-26 22:00
Theft
AB dinghy with 9.9 Mercury outboard
Not Locked
Between 2200 hrs March 26 and 0200 on March 27 an in-the-water and not locked dinghy was stolen from behind an occupied yacht in Saline Bay. The owners have spent considerable time recently in this bay and their normal practice is to lift and lock the dinghy, but they failed to do so on this particular night after securing it at 1900 hrs. They checked it again at 2200 hrs before retiring for the night. At 0200 hrs the captain awoke and noted that the dinghy had been taken. A detailed report was made to the Mayreau police, who were helpful and distributed their report to police on other SVG islands. They also provided a description to local fishermen. The captain made a voice report the next morning on the Carriacou VHF net.
Martinique
Le Marin Marina
2017-03-25 02:00
Other
None
Locked
At 2 AM the crew of a catamaran in the old section of the Le Marin Marina was awakened by footsteps on deck. From behind the catamaran’s locked cockpit doors they observed a male boarder who stood in the cockpit, then sat and stared back at the astonished and concerned crew. A few minutes later he left.

Later that morning a man was found asleep on an unoccupied boat on the adjacent dock, and when awakened and questioned he indicated he was waiting for the owner (who was not present) and then he departed. After a report was made to the Marina, a review of their video surveillance was made but the man’s face was obscured and not conclusive, but he appeared similar to the boarder, and the photos/description have been provided to the police and the marina guard. The crew felt both the police and marina were responsive and the police advised calling the local emergency number in cases of future boardings.
Martinique
Fort de France
2017-03-20 21:00
Theft
dinghy fuel tank
Locked
Owners returned to the Fort de France main dinghy dock at 9PM and found that a thief used cable cutters to cut the single cable that had secured the fuel tank, outboard and the dinghy, then took only the fuel tank.
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.
SVG
Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
2017-03-18 03:00
Attempted theft
None
Unknown
The captain of a charter catamaran was awakened by a boarder at 3 AM. When he yelled at the man he jumped overboard and swam off. A report was made to the SVG Coast Guard .
Martinique
St. Anne
2017-03-17 19:30
Theft
Handmade bamboo outboard handle
Not Locked
A dinghy was locked to the main dinghy dock in St Anne. Sometime during the day or evening the handmade bamboo outboard handle (tiller extension) was stolen off the outboard. Reported on the VHF net and a police report will be made.
Martinique
St. Anne
2017-03-17 00:00
Theft
Outboard - Yamaha 5hp 4 stroke
Locked
A dinghy was left locked overnight at the St. Anne's dinghy dock. The next day the owners discovered the outboard (which was locked to the dinghy) had been stolen. A report will be made to the police and on the local VHF net on 3.20.2017
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.
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.
Antigua/Barbuda
Antigua English Harbor
2017-03-13 23:00
Theft
2M Nautend dinghy with 2.3HP Honda outboard
Not Locked
An in-the-water and not locked dinghy was stolen overnight from an anchored yacht while the owners slept onboard. The theft was reported to the police, who took extensive details but did not produce a written report, indicating there would be a $100 EC fee, and a many hours wait . The owners departed.
St. Lucia
Soufriere
2017-03-12 23:00
Theft
phones, computers, money
Not Locked
Thieves entered an unlocked yacht while crew was ashore for the evening. Cash, cellphones and computers were taken. A report was made to the police.
Puerto Rico
Vieques Esperanza
2017-03-02 02:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
An in-the-water and not locked dinghy was stolen from an anchored yacht overnight. The outboard was removed and the dinghy set adrift. It ended up beating against the rocks and was found unsalvageable the next morning, the fuel tank and life jackets were recovered. A police report was made, but victims describe the police as “unhelpful”, and no incident report was provided. CSSN NOTE: This is the second report for this same night in this bay, see the prior report HERE. There have been 5 thefts reported to CSSN in Esperanza so far in 2017, and police indicated there were several other (not reported to CSSN) dinghy/outboard thefts as well. Thieves operating in Esperanza are vigilant and well prepared, using large bolt cutters on well secured dinghies and trailers when required. Police there have not proven effective at controlling the persistent problem.
Puerto Rico
Vieques Esperanza
2017-03-02 00:00
Theft
Dinghy/outboard/fuel tank, dinghy recovered
Not Locked
A yacht anchored in Sun Bay had its in-the-water and unlocked dinghy stolen overnight while the crew (and dog) slept. The dinghy was recovered the next morning swamped near the beach, minus the outboard which had been securely locked with a solid bar across the transom clamps. The thieves had used a 2x4 to sever it from the dinghy and apparently left by land vehicle. The fuel tank line was cut in 2 places and the tank was taken as well. A report was made to the local police. There were 6 other boats anchored in the bay that night, and one other had its dinghy/outboard stolen as well. CSSN will publish another report when those details are received.
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.
SVG
Bequia Admiralty Bay- Port Elizabeth
2017-02-20 22:30
Vandalism
Dinghy engine damaged
Locked
A yacht moored in Admiralty Bay took their dinghy to a nearby small (restaurant) dock for dinner. A man greeted them and tied the dinghy to the dock. When the owners proceeded to lock the dinghy he became upset and yelled “Bequia is not the United States, people do not lock things here”. They locked the dinghy and the man continued to yell as they went to the restaurant. When they returned after dinner the outboard would not start. The next morning a close inspection revealed that the spark plug wire had been cut. A report was made to the police.
St. Lucia
Marigot
2017-02-17 21:00
Burglary
all cell phones and chargers onboard.
Not Locked
While ashore in the evening, a yacht on an outside mooring was entered, and thoroughly ransacked. All doors and hatches were closed, but a guest failed to properly engage a lock on one cabin hatch, which the thief discovered and used for enrty/exit. The vendor who rented the mooring had warned the crew of the problems in this bay and suggested taking all cash/passports/valuables with them to dinner. The phones and chargers left behind were taken. Nearby boats were occupied, but not aware of the boarding/burglary.
St. Lucia
Marigot
2017-02-16 00:00
Theft
2 fishing rods
Not Locked
Two fishing rods which were well secured to the boat (lines visibly cut) were stolen overnight while the crew slept. A report was made to the port captain and the police (photos of the fishing gear were provided).
St. Lucia
Soufriere Bat Caves
2017-02-13 11:30
Burglary
Cash, computers, camera, electronics
Locked
Around noon while the crew was ashore their yacht was broken into. The thieves were unable to gain entry through the well secured door, but were able to use a knife (which they left behind) to defeat a hatch lock. They took cash and electronics. 3 of the 4 moorings at the Bat Caves were occupied at the time. A report was made to the SMMA marine park, who refunded the daily mooring fee and advised against leaving boats unoccupied at night. CSSN NOTE: Nighttime burglaries have been a problem at this location for several years. Given that the local thieves have grown significantly bolder, if you choose to visit, consider leaving someone on board at all times.
Dominican Republic
Boca Chica
2017-02-12 03:00
Assault
cash, cell phone, wristwatch and a bottle of rum
Not Locked
At approximately 0300 HRS the crew of a yacht on a Marina Zar Par mooring was awakened by a masked intruder, who had entered the unlocked yacht while they slept. He spoke Spanish (which the crew did not understand), threatening to tie the crew up. He displayed a knife but did not harm them while he searched - taking cash, a watch, a cellphone and a bottle of rum. He departed in an unpowered boat. The crew reported the incident to the marina security staff later that morning, and also made a report to the police and port captain. They were informed this was the 3rd incident of this type at this location this year. CSSN NOTE: CSSN has received firsthand reports for 2 of the 3 assaults, but no details about this third incident. If you are, or know those victims, please encourage them to make an easy online report, using this LINK.
St. Martin (French)
Marigot Bay
2017-02-08 18:00
Theft
10 ft hardbottom dinghy, fuel tank and 15HP Suzuki outboard
Unknown
Dinghy/outboard stolen from the Marigot ferry dock, reported on the VHF net. Not known if locked, no further details available
Grenada
Grenada Prickly Bay
2017-02-01 12:00
Theft
Folding propeller
Locked
A catamaran on a Prickly Bay Marina mooring discovered one of its two folding Kiwi props was missing after powering up and preparing to move. Divers conducted an immediate and very thorough search, and the prop was not found on the hard packed sandy bottom. The shaft was clean where the prop had been. Reported to the marina, who after the divers report agreed it had been stolen.
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.
Puerto Rico
Vieques Esperanza
2017-01-27 20:00
Theft
Dinghy/outboard, dinghy minus outboard later recovered
Locked
At approximately 8 PM cruisers returned to the dinghy dock on the old pier in Esperanza, and discovered their dinghy/outboard had been stolen. The dinghy was chained to the dock with 3/8” stainless steel chain and locked with a case-hardened lock, the outboard engine was similarly chained and locked to the dinghy.

The dinghy minus the outboard was found just off the beach to the east of the dock with both chains and one of the locks cut with a bolt cutter. A police report was made and victims were informed by the local police that this was the 4th motor theft this week.

The owners indicate the police took little interest in assessing the situation - writing down little, looking at the dinghy or the area where it was left and they took no photos. The owners believe that well prepared theives with large bolt cutters are actively operating in the area and advise extra precautions.
Dominican Republic
Boca Chica
2017-01-25 01:00
Assault
cash and jewelry
Not Locked
Owners of a yacht berthed on the outside dock at Marina Zar Par awakened to a masked intruder at their bedside. He spoke only Spanish (which they understood) smelled of alcohol and was dripping wet. He had gained entry thru the unlocked companionway.

A brief struggle ensued, he demanded cash and jewelry, which was freely given. The intruder tied both crew up holding a knife to the woman’s neck. He held his hand roughly against her mouth to silence her causing minor injuries, which were later treated by a doctor. After he departed, the crew managed to untie themselves and reported to the Zar Par Marina Security office.

The security team provided immediate assistance by calling the police, who arrived promptly, and in gaining medical treatment for the woman. A formal report was also made to the Coast Guard the next day, and the police are investigating.

CSSN wishes to thank our information sharing partner, Noonsite, where the victim’s detailed account was first published, read it HERE .
Puerto Rico
Vieques Esperanza
2017-01-24 17:00
Theft
Kayak, paddle, snorkel gear
Not Locked
A yacht anchored in Sun Bay and the crew went ashore there for a few hours, securing their dinghy on the beach. A kayak/paddle and snorkel gear were left (but not secured) as well. When the yacht owners returned after a few hours in town, the kayak/paddle/snorkel gear had been stolen. Reported to a local businessman, who made a VHF announcement. No police report was made. Owners were later told 5 commercial paddleboats had also been stolen from this same area.
Puerto Rico
Vieques Esperanza
2017-01-24 14:00
Theft
14' AB Yamaha 25 Enduro
Locked
Dinghy was securely chained and locked to the pier while crew was ashore. One of the lifejackets was found next to the ramp adjacent to the pier. The well-tooled thieves apparently used a trailer to remove the dinghy after cutting the chain. A report was made to the police, who were descibed as indifferent to this continuing problem. CSSN NOTE: This is the 3rd reported incident at this location in the last month.
SVG
St. Vincent Young Island
2017-01-21 23:30
Burglary
Mobile phone, dive watch, flashlight
Not Locked
A yacht on a mooring 50 meters off the dock was burgled by a swimmer while the owners were ashore for the evening. The yacht was locked but the swimmer gained entry through a closed but not locked hatch, leaving salty footprints throughout the cabin. The thief stole a cell phone, dive watch, and a flashlight. A report was made to the local police.
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.
Trinidad/Tobago
12 miles offshore
2017-01-19 10:00
Attempted piracy
none
N/A
A local sport-fisherman cut lines and outran 3 masked Venezuelans who attempted an ambush from their open boat 12 miles off the north coast of Trinidad. A formal report was made to the TT Coast Guard. CSSN NOTE: TTCG continues air and sea patrols in this area, and all vessels are encouraged to file a float plan (link template here) with TTCG (link here)
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.
Dominican Republic
Luperon
2017-01-06 02:30
Theft
30 HP Yamaha Outboard and Dinghy
Not Locked
At 0230 owner went on deck and discovered that the dinghy painter had been cut. The thief had been very quiet, neither of his two dogs had been disturbed. He heard an outboard in the distance that sounded like his. Radio calls (68/16/09) to authorities were not answered, but another cruiser responded and helped with a search. At 0330 the dinghy, minus its 30HP outboard was found adrift off the outside beach. Tire tracks and drag marks indicated the outboard was stolen with the assistance of a vehicle. No one was on the beach at this point, including members of the Commandante’s squad who claim to patrol there from 6PM to 6AM. The next day a report was made to the police, the Commandante’s office, and on the local VHF net.
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.
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.
SVG
Mayreau Salt Whistle Bay
2016-12-22 17:00
Vandalism
None
N/A
A local boat boy in a speedboat, very drunk, circled moored yachts at speed, finally deliberately ramming a yacht and putting a hole in its side. The boat boy was later apprehended by police and will be charged.
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.
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.
St. Lucia
Anse Canaries
2016-12-16 23:00
Theft
10' Caribe dinghy, 9.8 HP Nissan outboard, fuel tank, etc.
Locked
A yacht anchored just north of the Canaries fishing village discovered their in-the-water but cable locked dinghy/outboard had been stolen overnight. The thieves apparently used a crow bar to pry the cable/lock eye attachment from the dingy transom. The theft was reported to the police and to Soufriere Marine Management Area (SMMA) officials.
Barbados
Bridgetown Careenage
2016-12-14 23:45
Vandalism
None
Not Locked
At 11:45 PM a yacht (B2) that was moored stern to in the Bridgetown Careenage inner lagoon was vandalized. A young man had engaged the crew on the adjacent boat (B1) and had been provided with some food. The young man then became abusive and, at some point, hauled the stern lines and jumped on to the transom (B2) where he held on to and seriously bent the stainless steel bimini frame. The crew was roused by the commotion, came on deck and ejected the boarder. The neighboring boat (B1) dialed 911 and the police arrived 10 or 15 minutes later. They apprehended the young man some way off and led him away. The officer informed the crews that the young man was unknown to him (unlike the other vagrants in the area), that he seemed to be mentally unstable and would be dealt with accordingly. He advised the crews not to engage with or support the local vagrants.
St. Lucia
Marigot
2016-12-04 17:00
Theft
2 fishing rods
Not Locked
After 2 nights moored in Marigot’s inner bay on a Capella mooring, on the third day the crew went ashore for dinner. Between 4-7pm both fishing rods were stolen from the rod holders on either side of the cockpit. There was no evidence that the thief boarded the yacht. The marina office and police were advised. The victims and CSSN suggest removing all unsecured items of value from the deck/cockpit, and having a record of serial numbers/photos stored in a secure way/place (that cannot be stolen from the yacht) for purposes of investigation and proof of ownership should a theft occur. CSSN NOTE: This is the 2nd theft reported to CSSN within the last month at this location, and the 5th this year. Users can type “Marigot St Lucia” in the search box on any CSSN website page to get a quick summary/links, or utilize the islands reports tab (Northern Windwards) and sort on the location column for easily reviewed details.
Barbados
Carlisle Bay
2016-12-04 01:00
Theft
Dingy bag with safety items, flashlight, life jackets, whistle, anchor and dive knife
Not Locked
Overnight a dinghy bag containing safety equipment (flashlight, life jackets, whistle, anchor and dive knife) was stolen from an in the water, but locked to the yacht dinghy. No report to local authorities was made.
SVG
Union Clifton Harbor
2016-12-01 01:00
Theft
hard dinghy
Unknown
A white, hard dinghy with "Happy Kite Grenadines.com" painted on the side was stolen overnight. It is not known if it had an outboard, was locked, or if the theft was reported to local authorities.
Antigua/Barbuda
Antigua Jolly Harbor Marina
2016-12-01 12:00
Burglary
Cameras, grinder, drill
Locked
A motor yacht stored on the hard for hurricane season was burgled. The yacht was securely locked and a key provided to Boatyard/Marina office. The owners returned in December 2016 and found no signs of forced entry, but were surprised to find a payroll slip for a Jolly Harbor marina employee inside the boat. The employee had no approval or reason to be inside the locked boat. Marina/yard management was advised of the pay slip but offered no comment or explanation.

A few weeks later the owners discovered that tools had been taken from various storage compartments inside the yacht. When they examined the yacht’s safe they discovered its hinge had been pried off from the rear and then carefully replaced, and the extensive camera equipment stored there was all missing as well.

CSSN NOTE: This is the third theft suffered by a stored yacht at this yard this season. Keys supplied to the office seem not to be kept under control, and were used to enter and remove property from the stored yachts/lockers, and then returned to the office. If you leave your yacht and provide a key to anyone, be certain to understand how and where that key is kept secure, and how access/use is controlled, and in the case of multiple access, is signature logged. Any unusual findings on return to the yacht should prompt immediate consultation with the yard management, and a thorough search of key areas/contents made at that time.

It’s easy to review the prior incidents, simply type “Jolly Harbor” in the search box on any CSSN website page.
SVG
Mayreau Salt Whistle Bay
2016-11-24 01:00
Theft
dinghy
Not Locked
An in the water and not locked dinghy was stolen, not known if reported to local authorities
St. Lucia
Marigot
2016-11-16 20:00
Burglary
Cash 3200 $ECD, 150 $CAN, Blackberry, Louis Vuitton belt
Locked
A yacht using a Capella marina mooring in the inner bay at Marigot was burgled while the crew was ashore for dinner. At least 6 other boats were on adjacent moorings but were not aware of the breakin (thru a hatch). The thieves took some effort to conceal their presence, including closing some cabin curtains while they stole cash ($3200 ECD, $150 CAN) a Blackberry and a belt. A report was made to the marina, the port captain and to the police.
Dominican Republic
Luperon
2016-11-03 20:00
Burglary
Laptop, iPhone, Iridium satellite phone and other items
Locked
While the crew was ashore during the evening, a swimmer broke in through a hatch and stole a laptop, iPhone, Iridium satellite phone and other items. The thief used a plastic storage box from the yacht to carry away the goods. A police report was made.
Antigua/Barbuda
Antigua Jolly Harbor Marina
2016-11-02 10:30
Burglary
generator
Locked
A yacht stored on the hard had its generator stolen from a shore-side storage locker in the marina. No further details, date approximate.
Antigua/Barbuda
Antigua Jolly Harbor Marina
2016-11-02 10:00
Burglary
Honda generator
Locked
A yacht stored on the hard at Jolly Harbor Marina for the off-season was burglarized. The padlocked cockpit lazarette was opened, and the generator removed, and the lock replaced but not closed. The boat minder noticed the opened lock during a visit and simply closed it without noticing the generator had been removed. The owner noticed a foot from the generator in the cockpit on his return, and when he retrieved and used the only key (from the marina office) he discovered the theft. Reported to the marina and the police.
Grenada
Grenada St. Georges Port Louis Marina
2016-10-29 01:30
Assault
None
N/A
At 1:30 AM a female cruiser was attacked from behind and pushed to the ground, banging her head, outside the toilet area in Port Louis Marina. The victim believed he was after her purse. She struggled, kicked and yelled, and eventually two marina guards arrived as the attacker fled (without the purse). A report was made to the local police the next morning.
SVG
Mayreau Salt Whistle Bay
2016-10-27 22:00
Theft
All cash and untraceable items, such as head phones, sunglasses, women's clothing.
Not Locked
A charter yacht visited Salt Whistle Bay, and reports they were harassed separately by 2 boat boys, one drunk, who each were intent on directing them to dine at certain restaurants there. That evening they went ashore for dinner and left the yacht unlocked. When they returned at about 8 PM they noticed that sunglasses were missing from the cockpit. The next morning they returned to the restaurant thinking the sunglasses had been left there and were told that the sunglasses had been a “gift” to the owner’s son. Over the next day they noticed several other items were missing, and realized they had been boarded. The thief had made a careful search and taken hidden cash from 2 locations as well as other non-serialized items. A report was made to the charter company on departure.
Grenada
Grenada Clarkes Court Bay
2016-10-22 20:00
Burglary
computer, cellphone, wallet, speargun
Locked
During the evening a locked yacht at anchor was burgled while crew was ashore. The thief took a computer, cellphone, wallet, and a speargun. A report was made on the VHF net.
SVG
St. Vincent Chateaubelair
2016-10-10 19:00
Assault
None
N/A
Two yachts were at anchor in Chateaubelair. At approximatley 1900 hours one was boarded by four men armed with machetes. The captain was able to repel them, but suffered a slash to his forearm and several cuts on his hands. He was later treated at the local hospital. A VHF MAYDAY call was made for assistance but there was no response. He received help and assistance from those aboard the second yacht. A report was made by phone to the local police.
Grenada
Carriacou Tyrrel Bay
2016-10-10 10:00
Theft
15 HP Mercury outboard
Unknown
15 HP Mercury outboard was stolen from the stern rail of an unoccupied yacht. It is not known if it was locked or if a police report was made, date approximate.
St. Lucia
Rodney Bay Reduit Beach
2016-10-01 01:00
Theft
dinghy and outboard, later returned missing the fuel tank and flip flops
Locked
An in the water, cable locked dinghy was stolen overnight while the owners slept. The cable and line were both cut in a rough way, likely with a hacksaw blade or serrated blade of some kind. The next morning the owners discovered the theft and talked with a fisherman ashore who advised them to make a police report and not to buy a new one, he would try and help locate the missing dinghy. A report was made to the police and on the VHF net. A few hours later some other fishermen arrived towing the "found" dinghy, now minus the fuel tank and flip flops. They asked for and received a $1000 EC reward.
Grenada
Grenada Chemin Bay
2016-09-26 04:30
Attempted Burglary
none
Locked
2nd of 3 boats, see prior, next reports
Grenada
Grenada Chemin Bay
2016-09-26 04:30
Attempted Burglary
none
Locked
3rd of 3 boats, see prior reports
Grenada
Grenada Chemin Bay
2016-09-26 04:00
Burglary
Flare gun
Locked
Three yachts moored on private moorings in Chemin Bay were similarly vandalised overnight. All were unoccupied but locked. All 3 boats were ransacked. Lockers were opened and the contents strewn about the cabin sole. Power tools, hand tools, cell phones and radios were left behind, only a flare gun was taken from one of the affected yachts. The police and Coast Guard were notified. The police believe the thief stole a local dinghy to gain access, it was found abandoned in the nearby mangroves. The police indicated that they have a suspect who is known to have done this type of thing previously. CSSN NOTE: These 3 incidents are very similar to 3 that occured in this same bay in late 2014, the thief seemingly had a "shopping list" on those occasions as well. LINK TO THE 3 REPORTS https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/grenada-chemin-bay-previous-reports/
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.
Grenada
Clarkes Court Bay
2016-09-16 20:00
Burglary
Two computers, 800 euros, clothing, cellphones and shargers, candy, a large combat knife.
Locked
We departed our boat at 1715, and left it fully closed and locked. We returned at 2130 to find the companionway lock broken, and the cabin tossed. Some items were not taken (radios, handheld GPS) but cash, laptops, chargers, cell phones, a large knife and bags of ginger candy were. CG and Police were called and responded promptly. The next day, a dinghy stolen from a nearby dock the same night (see previous report) was recovered, and the same type candy (empty wrapper) that was taken from our boat was found inside.
Grenada
Clarke's Court Bay
2016-09-16 19:01
Theft
Dinghy with Yamaha Outboard
Locked
Our dinghy was locked at the Woburn concrete dock while we were having dinner. There were several other dinghies there as well. When we returned to the dinghy to leave, we discovered the locking cable was completely severed. Another dinghy (see previous report) had cut marks on their cable. Reported to the CG, police, the nearby restaurant and on the VHF net. The next morning the dinghy was found by other cruisers beached in a cove about 1/4 mile south of the dock without further damage and with its outboard. A candy wrapper found inside the recovered dinghy was the same type that had been taken from a locked yacht that was burglarized in a nearby bay the same night. (see next report)
Grenada
Clarke's Court Bay
2016-09-16 19:00
Attempted theft
None
Locked
A dinghy locked to Woburn dock has its locking cable slashed, but not fully. Another dinghy (also cable locked) was stolen. Reported to the CG and Police, on the VHF net and to the nearby restaurant. (see next report)
Bonaire
El Navegante Boat Yard
2016-09-01 02:00
Burglary
32" flat screen TV, an external hard drive, microwave oven, handheld VHF, RAM mike, Radar/GPS, 2 pairs of marine binoculars, toolbox and full set of tools, voltmeter, fire extinguishers, folding police knife, clothing, decorative pillows, dive bag, dive lights and masks, fins and snorkels, flashlights, clocks, and rum.
Locked
A yacht was stored in the boatyard (locked) for a year. Around September 1st, the boat yard manager informed the owners by email that there had been a break-in on their boat. The thieves may have come from the water side since the road-side gate is usually locked. It probably required several trips to gather/remove all the items. A police report was made.
Trinidad/Tobago
Tobago Buccoo Bay
2016-08-21 20:00
Robbery
Two mobile phones and cash
Locked
At approximatley 9:45 PM four adult family members were returning from the weekly Sunday school dancing event when they were accosted by 2 young men (about 20 years old) with machetes as they were preparing to launch their beached dinghy which had been locked to a tree near the carpark. The men demanded cash and grabbed one of the bags that had been put into the dinghy. The captain grabbed a paddle and the group started yelling loudly and the men fled into the woods. The police were summoned by security at the festival location and a full report was made.
Grenada
Port Louis Marina
2016-08-17 10:00
Burglary
Two bags containing passport, wallet with identification as well as about US$300 in cash.
Locked
The sesame-type combination padlock on the salon door was jimmied or leveraged apart while the owners and crew were off the boat during the day. Bags were stolen from inside and the lock was put back in place. The owners thought the lock had failed (they had to use a slightly different combination to get it open) due to salt water corrosion, so they discarded and replaced it. The owners were not aware of the theft at the time it occurred but became aware of the theft when a local woman who found some of the non-cash items returned them a few days later. A report was made to the marina and police.
Trinidad/Tobago
Grenada-Trinidad passage
2016-08-02 06:30
Attempted piracy
None
N/A
Three yachts left Grenada in the afternoon, bound for Trinidad. A float plan was filed with TTCG/NPR and Jesse James. The reporting captain attempted to call North Post Radio and Trinidad Coastguard on two separate occasions on VHF 16 during the voyage but did not get a response to either call. The first call was to NPR at approximately 1600, from a position about 5 miles south of the Grenada coast. The second call was to TTCG between midnight and 0100, about 3 miles directly east of the Hibiscus platform. The captain is confident his radio was working properly, he made contact with the other yachts (VHF 71) and also with the marina on arrival (VHF 16 and 72). During the passage he was able to listen to North Post Radio and heard them monitoring and conversing with other vessels.

After passing 3 miles east of the platform the yacht continued due south. The next morning (August 2) at approx. 0630, his yacht was motor sailing at about 3 knots and located 10 nm northeast of Boca Monos. The 2 other yachts, Buddy Boat 1 (BB1) and Buddy Boat 2 (BB2), were about 1 nm further east (BB1) and 2 nm further south (BB2). The yacht was approached by a white pirogue with 3 men onboard. The men in the pirogue spoke English and there were no fishing nets or any fishing gear in the pirogue. The yacht captain went to his starboard rail with his handheld VHF and in full view of the pirogue called the nearest buddy boat (BB1) to tell them what was happening. He describes the situation:

• The general attitude of the two men who spoke was aggressive and angry. With much shouting and waving of arms in the general direction of Trinidad – it seemed to me that they were telling me to slow down and not go any further ….the noise level was high since this was happening as they approached with their engine and our engine noise making communication indistinct and hard to make out initially. There was no doubt in my mind that this was not a friendly encounter.
• The pirogue pulled up alongside on our starboard side, and tried to get as close to my boat as was feasible. Two men were standing and one tried to hold on to the hull of my boat but the sea state was too rough and they pulled away about 1 meter.
• One of the men shouted across to us in an aggressive manner - asking what “sea area are we in?” – I replied that we were off the coast of Trinidad
• He then shouted across, pointing ahead…“what is that Island..?” – I replied Trinidad
• The second man then shouted across “what is that …” while gesticulating at the passage ahead …I took it to mean that they were trying to point out the Boca – I replied Boca Monos
• I updated BB1 on the situation, using my handheld VHF. This seemed to increase the agitation of the men in the pirogue.
• BB1 immediately turned directly towards us.
• Our VHF communication would have been audible to the men in the pirogue. They were obviously annoyed that I was speaking to someone. They were not asking directions, the conversation was heated; aggressive; menacing. There was absolutely no doubt that the “directions” were a ruse, we were being sized up.
• The men had a conversation amongst themselves and pulled away at high speed. They went eastwards in the general direction of BB1.
• They did not make any further approach to any of our vessels.
• We updated BB1 and BB2 and all 3 vessels continued towards Boca Monos.
• We did not attempt further calls to the coast guard at that time.

All three yachts arrived safely in Chaguaramas later that morning. The captain contacted Jesse James, who arranged and attended a meeting the next day with the TTCG Fleet Commander, where an official report was made. Based on details described by the reporting captain, TTCG indicated that the pirogue was likely from Trinidad. Follow up with Jesse James indicates that TTCG/NPR has assured him that they will continue to patrol the area and try to improve their communications.
Grenada
Grenada Hog Island
2016-07-30 17:00
Assault
N/A
At about 1700 a male cruiser left his wife aboard and took his dog by dinghy for a walk on the east end of Hog Island. After a short while he was met by 3 english speaking men and was greeted in a friendly manner, he continued the walk. After about 20 minutes he began his return to the dinghy and encountered a family of 5, who played with the dog for a few minutes. Continuing the walk, and almost back to the dinghy he encountered the same 3 men, who invited him to join them. When the cruiser did so, one of the men, the Primary Perpetrator, (PP) produced a small handgun, pointed it at him, and demanded that the cruiser dinghy them out to the yacht, stating that the cruiser, the family of 5, and the dog would all be killed if the cruiser refused, and that the 3 would then go to the vessel (where the cruiser’s wife had remained).

At approximately 1800, the cruiser transported 2 of the perpetrators, (PP) and a 2nd Perpetrator, (2P) to the anchored yacht, where the PP demanded that the cruising couple haul anchor and provide transport to Puerto Rico. The yacht’s engine had not functioned for several weeks, but PP demanded that the couple sail out of the bay and then to Puerto Rico. It was clear neither perpetrator had skills as a mariner. The couple complied, but the yacht became grounded while leaving the bay and was unable to proceed. The PP assaulted both the husband and wife as well as his accomplice, while showing signs of instability, sometimes mumbling and shouting incoherently at no one.

At approximately 1930 the PP forced the wife and his accomplice into the dinghy, indicating that he would hold the wife hostage until the husband freed the yacht and they were able to proceed to Puerto Rico. The dinghy was then taken to the mainland of Grenada, landing in the area of Fort Jeudy (approx. 1.5 miles away). PP forced the wife and his accomplice to proceed to an unoccupied home with him. Over the next several hours, PP continued to assault both the wife and his accomplice (2P).

At approximately 2330, PP forced the wife and 2P to return to the dinghy, and attempted to return to the yacht. On approach, the presence of other vessels engaged in assisting the husband with the stranded yacht discouraged PP from re-boarding and hijacking the yacht. They returned to shore, PP and 2P eventually departed, and the wife was able to return by dinghy to the yacht at about 0100, July 31.

Those assisting the yacht were then informed of the circumstances and authorities were summoned, and the Grenada Coast Guard arrived promptly to provide assistance. They remained with the yacht overnight, while the couple received medical treatment, which is ongoing. The yacht has been refloated, but was damaged. The primary perpetrator (PP) has been identified and is being sought by the local police.

CSSN NOTE: This report is classified as second hand, we would like to thank the close friends of the victims who provided the report on their behalf.


Curacao
Spanish Water
2016-07-27 02:00
Theft
1 person kayak
Not Locked
Overnight an unlocked, in the water kayak was stolen from an occupied yacht. A report was made on the VHF net.
Grenada
Grenada Mt. Hartman Bay
2016-07-14 01:00
Burglary
Unknown
Unknown
Details incomplete, during the past 10 days 8 unoccupied boats at a variety of locations in the anchorage were broken into. All owners absent but Coast Guard has been notified. (#2)
Grenada
Grenada Mt. Hartman Bay
2016-07-14 01:00
Burglary
Unknown
Unknown
Details incomplete, during the past 10 days 8 unoccupied boats at a variety of locations in the anchorage were broken into. All owners absent but Coast Guard has been notified. (#3)
Grenada
Grenada Mt. Hartman Bay
2016-07-14 01:00
Burglary
Unknown
Unknown
Details incomplete, during the past 10 days 8 unoccupied boats at a variety of locations in the anchorage were broken into. All owners absent but Coast Guard has been notified. (#4)
Grenada
Grenada Mt. Hartman Bay
2016-07-14 01:00
Burglary
Unknown
Unknown
Details incomplete, during the past 10 days 8 unoccupied boats at a variety of locations in the anchorage were broken into. All owners absent but Coast Guard has been notified. (#5)
Grenada
Grenada Mt. Hartman Bay
2016-07-14 01:00
Burglary
Unknown
Unknown
Details incomplete, during the past 10 days 8 unoccupied boats at a variety of locations in the anchorage were broken into. All owners absent but Coast Guard has been notified. (#6)
Grenada
Grenada Mt. Hartman Bay
2016-07-14 01:00
Burglary
Unknown
Unknown
Details incomplete, during the past 10 days 8 unoccupied boats at a variety of locations in the anchorage were broken into. All owners absent but Coast Guard has been notified. (#7)
Grenada
Grenada Mt. Hartman Bay
2016-07-14 01:00
Burglary
Unknown
Unknown
Details incomplete, during the past 10 days 8 unoccupied boats at a variety of locations in the anchorage were broken into. All owners absent but Coast Guard has been notified. (#8)
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
Grenada
Grenada Prickly Bay
2016-07-06 02:00
Attempted theft
None
Locked
Overnight an attempt was made to steal an outboard from an in the water dinghy. The outboard was locked to the dinghy, and the dinghy to the yacht. The attempt was discovered in the morning. The gas tank had been disconnected, the lifting strap removed and motor key ripped off. Reported to the Coast Guard.
Grenada
Grenada Mt. Hartman Bay
2016-07-06 01:00
Burglary
Unknown at present, will provide inventory when owner returns.
Locked
Between 5 and 8 July an unoccupied boat moored in Mt. Hartman bay was broken into. The minder discovered the external lock on the companionway gone and the interior thoroughly ransacked. A report was made to the Coast Guard and the owner will complete an inventory upon return. CSSN UPDATE : Owners have done an initial inventory, a computer was taken. It has since been discovered that many (7) other unoccupied boats in a variety of locations in this bay have suffered a similar fate during the last week, details on those burglaries are incomplete at this time.
BVI
Tortola Cane Garden Bay
2016-07-05 03:00
Theft
kayak
Not Locked
A yacht anchored near shore had its (in the water) kayak stolen overnight while the crew slept.
St. Lucia
Soufriere
2016-07-04 10:00
Theft
Details unknown
Not Locked
During daylight hours a yacht on a mooring was boarded thru a screened hatch while the crew was ashore. The details of what was stolen are not known, or if a police report was made.
Martinique
Anse Mitan
2016-07-01 01:00
Theft
8 HP Yamaha 2-Stroke outboard engine
Locked
A 8HP Yamaha 2-stroke outboard motor was stolen from our dinghy while we slept, sometime between 9PM on June 30th and 6AM on July 1st. The engine was padlocked to the dinghy, which was locked to the big boat. Only the engine was taken, not the dinghy itself. A report was filed with the police.
St. Martin (French)
Sandy Ground Bridge
2016-06-29 02:00
Theft
10 FT AB dinghy and 18 HP Tohatsu outboard
Unknown
Budget Marine's (Budget Marine St. Martin - L'ile Marine, Sandy Ground Bridge, Rue Lady Fish, Saint-Martin) stolen overnight. It was lifted and locked. Not known if reported to the police.
Trinidad/Tobago
Trinidad Hibiscus Gas Platform
2016-06-25 11:59
Attempted piracy
None
N/A
In the absence of a firsthand report CSSN has compiled information from multiple credible second hand sources, who spoke directly with the involved captain in Trinidad. A 65 ft. sailing yacht with 3 persons on-board on passage to Trinidad encountered what were felt to be probable “pirates” during daylight hours. The yacht’s position was 2-5 miles east of the Hibiscus platform, and its sails would likely have been visible for 10-12 miles. A pirogue with 5-6 Spanish speaking men made multiple rapid approaches to the yacht, and began yelling (about fuel). One of the men in the pirogue appeared to have a holstered gun at his waist. The yacht captain began multiple evasive maneuvers and had crew “pose” as though they themselves were armed while visibly appearing to make VHF radio contact with TT Coast Guard, North Post radio and the Hibiscus platform itself. The emergency VHF radio calls were not answered. After about 15 minutes the pirogue gave up chase and departed to the west. The yacht continued onto Trinidad. No float plan had been filed with TTCG; it is unclear if any official reports have been made. CSSN will update this report if additional information becomes available.
Dominican Republic
Samana
2016-06-25 02:30
Attempted theft
None
Locked
A cruiser was awakened during the night by the sound of a small boat bumping against the hull. He yelled out then grabbed a spotlight and went on deck to investigate. The dinghy was on davits and locked to the yacht, but now had an empty canoe tied to its bow. The boat and surrounding area were searched with lights, no one was found, and nothing was missing. The following morning the Navy stopped by to retrieve the canoe and inform the cruiser that they had picked up a soaking wet man onshore the previous night. Apparently the thief was looking for an outboard/dinghy to steal and he was interrupted, and jumped into the water and swam to shore rather than risk a confrontation. A report was made to the Port Captain.
Puerto Rico
Vieques Isabel Segunda
2016-06-20 23:30
Attempted theft
None
Locked
Around 11:30 PM 2 young men rowed out to an anchored yacht and attempted to steal the (locked to the yacht with cable) dinghy. They were clumsy, and scared off by the owner who was on board. They left behind their bolt cutters.
Puerto Rico
Vieques Isabel Segunda
2016-06-20 23:00
Burglary
4 HP Yamaha 4 stroke outboard, a boat hook and a small inverter
Locked
An unoccpied vessel was boarded and broken into overnight, the theives cut locks and cables. The outboard was locked/cabled to the rail, and other items were taken from inside the locked cabin. A police report was made.
Grenada
Carriacou Tyrrel Bay
2016-06-11 03:00
Theft
AB 9'6" aluminum dinghy and Nissan 9.8 hp Outboard
Not Locked
A dinghy/outboard hoisted on the port side was stolen overnight from an occupied yacht. It was not locked to the yacht. The theft was reported to the police, the boatyard and later on the VHF net, two other dinghies were also stolen the same night. Details for those thefts are not currently available. CSSN NOTES: Securely locking (visibly) a hoisted dinghy can make the difference. Additionally, using cable (vs. rope) for the harness to a height sufficient to make it out of “machete reach” can further reduce the chance of theft. Making timely first hand reports helps other cruisers, it’s easy with the CSSN online reporting form! https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/?p=665
Grenada
Carriacou Tyrrel Bay
2016-06-11 03:00
Theft
dinghy/outboard
Unknown
DETAILS INCOMPLETE - 2nd of 3 dinghies/outboards stolen overnight.
Grenada
Carriacou Tyrrel Bay
2016-06-11 03:00
Theft
dinghy/outboard
Unknown
DETAILS INCOMPLETE - 3rd of 3 dinghies/outboards stolen overnight.
SVG
Union Clifton Harbor
2016-06-09 00:01
Theft
Evinrude 15hp outboard motor
Locked
The outboard engine was locked onto a mounting bracket with padlock and chain on the back of the yacht. It was stolen between 6.30pm & 7.30am, damaging the bracket. The owners were not on board at the time. A police report was made.
SVG
Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
2016-06-02 20:30
Burglary
Cash
Locked
Whilst we were in Union Island, we met a group of 6 Americans/Australians who had chartered a catamaran. While ashore for dinner, the yacht was broken into by the main salon door (locked) and a substantial amount of cash was stolen. It is not known if a police report was made.
Grenada
Grenada St. George's outside lagoon
2016-05-29 22:00
Theft
14 ft AB dinghy with 15 HP Yamaha
Not Locked
An in the water but not locked dinghy stolen between 9-10 PM, reported to the Coast Guard.
St. Martin (French)
Marine Port la Royale
2016-05-29 03:00
Theft
Cash
Not Locked
An unlocked yacht docked at Port Royale marina was boarded overnight while the crew slept. The crew discovered the theft of cash the next morning. Reports were made to the Port Captain, Police and Marina. When the police reviewed the marina's video surveilallance they found most of the cameras were not operational.
Cuba
Isla de la Juventud
2016-05-27 00:00
Theft
Cushions, lifesling, dock lines, sunglasses
Not Locked


A Canadian flagged monohull anchored off of Playa Bibijagua on the north coast of Isla de la Juventud was boarded overnight while owners slept. When they awoke in the morning, their life sling, cockpit cushions, dock lines, sunglasses and other miscellaneous cockpit paraphernalia had been taken by persons unknown. No police report was made. Local advice is to be extremely vigilant when anchoring near popoulated areas.
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.
SVG
Tobago Cays
2016-05-25 23:00
Assault
Cash and cell phones
N/A
A British flagged vessel was boarded by 2 armed men (knife and gun), 3rd man remained in pirogue. Injuries were reported, and were treated by a physician on a nearby boat. This report was taken during the daily KPK service net. CSSN will update this report when more information is provided by the victims. CSSN UPDATE: First hand report received from the victims as follows:
At 2300 on 25th May 2016, a British flagged yacht was boarded by two masked men, one with a gun, the other a knife. At the time, the couple were asleep in bed but were woken by the noise of a speedboat’s engine and, shortly after, by the noise of forced entry via the companionway, which was closed and bolted on the interior and damaged as a result of the intrusion. The intruders demanded money and one of them hit the Captain several times on the head with the ship’s heavy torch, whilst his wife was held with an arm around her neck and a gun (possibly imitation) was pointed to her head. The intruders took about EC$500 from the Captain’s wallet but refused to believe that was all the cash on board. The Captain was losing much blood from the head wounds but they still demanded more money. They also wanted cell phones and VHF radios so that the crew ‘could not contact anyone’. The Captain’s wife gave them three old cell phones that were not used on board, and they took a handheld radio from its cradle. This was later retrieved from the intruders, along with the heavy torch, during a scuffle as they left the yacht in a hurry after about 12 minutes on board. A third man, waiting in a speed boat alongside the yacht, then sped them away. The Captain suffered several head and face injuries, two fractured ribs and some bruising, and was attended by a doctor in the anchorage immediately after the event. His wife was unhurt. The SVG Coastguard, who were contacted by a neighboring yacht, arrived quickly. Three suspects are currently charged with multiple offenses and are in police custody in Kingstown SV.

The Captain recommends that all cruisers, even in such beautiful places as the Tobago Cays, take security on board very seriously. The best security is to make it so hard for intruders to get into the yacht quickly that they give up, maybe hastened by floodlights/alarm activated by a panic button inside the yacht.

Puerto Rico
Vieques Esperanza
2016-05-24 00:30
Theft
Boston whaler, 18 hp yamaha
Locked
A charter boat had their locked dinghy/outboard stolen overnight
St. Barth
Gustavia
2016-05-21 01:00
Theft
Highfield inflatable dinghy and Yamaha 15 HP outboard
Unknown
DETAILS INCOMPLETE - dinghy/outboard reported stolen overnight
SVG
Union Clifton Harbor
2016-05-20 23:30
Assault
Unknown
N/A
3 sailors returning from dinner at 11:30 PM were attacked and pelted with stones. The attacker demanded money. 1 man was knocked unconscious, and held overnight and airlifted out from the local health facility the next day. 2 companions were treated for their injuries and released. Police are reported to have 1 person in custody. Further details from local press http://www.iwnsvg.com/2016/05/23/attacker-knocks-swiss-visitor-unconscious-in-union-island/
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.
St. Lucia
Rodney Bay Reduit Beach
2016-05-13 02:00
Theft
dinghy with 15 HP outboard
Unknown
Details incomplete - a dinghy with 15HP outboard was stolen overnight, the dinghy was found the next day minus the outboard.
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.
Cuba
Cienfuegos
2016-05-10 01:00
Theft
10 Ft Walker Bay dinghy with Suzuki 9.9 4S outboard
Locked
In the water but locked Walker Bay dinghy with 9.9 Suzuki 4S outboard was stolen overnight from an occupied yacht in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Reported to the local authorities. CSSN UPDATE: A First Hand report has been received and provides the following additional information: “During the night our dinghy, a 10ft Walker Bay Ultra Light with Suzuki 9.9 4 stroke outboard was stolen. Dinghy was in the water but locked to the stern with a 1/4 inch steel cable. At approximately 7:00am we discovered the dinghy missing. The cable had been cut clean through. Local police and the marina were informed immediately. The police wanted a sample of the cable but could not cut it with their wire cutters so we gave them what was left. The investigation is ongoing but today they informed us the dinghy has likely been scrapped and the outboard stripped for parts already. This happened 100 meters off the marina docks. The authorities have been very supportive and have been keeping us updated twice a day on the status of the investigation.”
St. Martin (French)
Marigot Bay
2016-05-09 03:00
Theft
Dinghy and outboard
Not Locked
An in the water but not locked Achilles dinghy with Nissan outboard stolen between 1 and 6 AM while owners slept. Reported on the local VHF net and to the Port Captain.
St. Lucia
Marigot
2016-05-07 20:00
Theft
Cash
Not Locked
A catamaran anchored near Doolittle’s in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia was boarded between 6-9 PM Saturday while the crew was ashore. When they returned they discovered the ladder down and wet footprints on deck. Although the main doors were fully locked, the thieves gained entry thru a poorly secured hatch. They removed cash from a purse left in the saloon and also from a suitcase in one of the cabins. No other items were taken, and 2 wet towels were left behind. A report was made to the local police.
Antigua/Barbuda
Antigua Falmouth Harbor
2016-04-21 21:30:00
Attempted theft
Dinghy
Not Locked
My unlocked dinghy was taken from the Sailing Academy dock last Thursday night 21st between 1830 and 2130 HRS whilst I was dining with friends at Academy Cafe. I broadcasted on VHF68 and another boat came and retrieved my friends and I. We then searched Falmouth Harbour and found my dinghy about an hour later tied up on the public dock. The engine was warm. There was a mask and snorkel left in the dinghy. Nothing was taken from the dinghy and no damage. No police report was made.
SVG
Mayreau Salt Whistle Bay
2016-04-18 22:00:00
Robbery
cash,credit cards,cellphone,keys,glasses
N/A
2 charter guests were threatened with a machete and robbed when returning to the boat after an evening ashore . Cash, credit cards,cellphone,keys and glasses were taken. Reported to the SVG police by phone, and they came to the boat the next day to complete the report. No injuries. Additional details reported in the local press LINK HERE http://www.iwnsvg.com/2016/04/20/residents-frustrated-as-british-tourists-are-robbed-in-mayreau/
St. Lucia
Marigot
2016-04-06 19:00
Attempted theft
None
Not Locked
A catamaran on a buoy in the inner lagoon of Marigot Bay was entered thru an unsecured hatch between 7 and 8 PM, while the owners were ashore. The thief gathered items but the unexpected return of the owners caused the thief to escape into the water thru the hull emergency exit. Reported to the Police and the Port Captain.
St. Lucia
Marigot
2016-03-29 04:00:00
Theft
Dinghy gas line and sandals
Not Locked
We were anchored in the outer harbour with three companion boats. We noticed that our dinghy's gas line was missing when we went to use it. Presumably it was stolen overnight, while we were asleep. Our dinghy had been in the water but locked to our boat; but the gas line could be easily unclipped. Later, we also realized that a pair of sandals had also been taken from the dinghy. A report was made to the marina.
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
St. Lucia
Rodney Bay Gros Islet
2016-03-10 01:10:00
Theft
Dinghy, outboard and fueltank
Not Locked
Overnight, a well secured but unlocked dinghy was taken from an occupied yacht anchored near Gros Islet, in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. The dinghy is grey, unmarked and type Highfield UL 340 (CN-AFM20190D415) and the outboard a Tohatsu 5 HP (074689AA). Reported to Port Captain, Police, RB Marina and on the local VHF net.
SVG
St. Vincent Wallilabou
2016-03-04 01:35:00
Assault resulting in death
unknown
Unknown
From local news reports: 2 masked gunmen boarded a yacht in Wallilabou at 1:35AM. One person (German national) onboard was killed, and another German national injured. No firsthand details are currently available, local News reports indicate that the Coast Guard was summoned and arrived within 20 minutes. Police investigating, but no arrests at this time. CSSN UPDATE: the following AP Press Report includes some additional details about this tragic event. An unidentified suspect is being questioned by SVG authorities, but has not been charged in the killing, leaving 1 man dead, and 2 injured, including the ship’s captain. Money and credit cards were stolen.

http://news.yahoo.com/st-vincent-probes-killing-german-tourist-aboard-yacht-202907143.html
St. Lucia
Soufriere
2016-03-02 22:00:00
Assault
Wallets and Camera
N/A
UPDATED as FIRST HAND REPORT 11 March 2016:On the evening of March 2, 2016, returning from dinner ashore at 10 PM, on the SMMA dock that serves the Hummingbird and Still Resorts at Soufriere, St. Lucia, a party of 7 cruisers, accompanied by the Still Resort security guard, were robbed by 3 masked attackers who had a gun, a machete and a club. The security guard was knocked down. The robbers demanded money at gunpoint. They were given wallets and a camera. One woman's purse was cut off her shoulder with the machete. Her husband was struck on the head with the blunt side of the machete. When the group came into the dock originally, they declined the dinghy watching "service" of some teenagers. The teens were quite unhappy about it and threatened to return with a machete. The cruisers departed St. Lucia immediately. The Still Resort staff has kept the victims advised after making a report to the Royal St. Lucia Police, who are investigating. The camera and wallets (containing only ID)have been recovered.
SVG
St. Vincent Buccament Bay
2016-02-14 21:30
Theft
Two pairs of flip flops
Not Locked
A yacht at anchor had raised and locked their dinghy on stern davits for the night. The yacht itself was fully closed and locked as well. At approximately 2130 hours the captain was awakened by noise against the deck/hull and went to investigate. He discovered three men with scarves covering their heads and faces, rummaging in the hoisted dinghy. The men immediately rowed away in their hard local dinghy. The captain made calls on VHF 16/68 to the SVG Coast Guard, but had no response. They informed the one other yacht in the bay and re-anchored closer to the hotel. The next day it was discovered that canvas covers on forward hatches had been slashed and two pairs of flip flops had been taken from the dinghy. The yacht departed for Bequia the next morning, and made a police report there. CSSN NOTE: While the report to local officials was made in a timely way, this report has just been received by CSSN and is included now for completeness of the records.
Martinique
Schoelcher
2016-01-27 15:00:00
Theft
Dinghy gas tank
Not Locked

We tied up the dinghy to the town dock in Schoelcher around 3 pm. We didn't lock up, however. Some
youngish local guys were hanging around, eating peanuts. On our return at 5pm the gas tank was gone. We found a few peanut shells inside the dinghy. A report was filed with with Gendarmes (the local police).
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."
SVG
Bequia Princess Margaret Beach
2016-01-23 00:00:00
Robbery
Small waterproof bag containing a camera and personal items.
N/A
We were returning to our boat after an evening out. I had just
stepped onto the dinghy dock when a man suddenly appeared right behind
me and grabbed my small waterproof shoulder bag. It was around my
neck so he used a machete and cut the strap. He ran away down the
beach and into the woods. No injuries, but reported to Police, Coast Guard, local VHF Net, and Bequia Tourism Office.

CSSN UPDATE :

The stolen bag was recovered on the south end of the beach by a resident. The camera and reading
glasses were gone. Dinghy lights, boat cards and a pen remained in the bag.

We asked the Bequia police about getting a copy of the police
report. To do this we must make an application and then take the ferry to
St Vincent, find our way to some specific police station and pay $100 EC to
get a copy of the official police report that we made. We later confirmed this burdensome "victim unfriendly" process several times with not only the police but others in the community.
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.
St. Martin (French)
Marigot Bay
2016-01-18 15:30
Robbery
Electronics
Unknown
It was reported by the victims on the local St Martin VHF net, that at approximately 3:30 am (local) Monday, while they were anchored near the bridge in Marigot Bay, French St. Martin, they were boarded and robbed by 3 men with French accents who arrived in a hard dinghy with an outboard that had no cowling/cover. They were threatened and robbed of electronics. It is not known at this time if their boat was locked, what if any weapons the men had, if there were any injuries , damage to the yacht, or if a report has been made to the local police. CSSN will update this report when we receive additional information.
St. Martin (French)
Marigot Bay
2016-01-17 16:30
Theft
11.6 inflatable AB dinghy with 15hp outboard
Locked
A locked/chained (3/16 SS) 11.6 AB dinghy stolen from the Marigot SXM(FR) town dock between the hours of 4pm and 6pm , broad daylight, Sunday afternoon. Reported to the Police.
USVI
St Croix south shore
2016-01-15 11:00:00
Piracy
electronics, cash
N/A
On January 14, 2016 a French single-hander, en route from the Bahamas to Guadeloupe stopped to rest overnight in a protected anchorage on the southwest coast of St. Croix. The next morning, 30 minutes after departing the anchorage at 1100 HRS, while under power, and then located about 1.5 miles offshore, he was approached and boarded in an act of piracy by 2 of 3 young men onboard a big fishing boat. The men aggressively threatened him, shouting “drugs, money” and punched him in the face and then stabbed/slashed his lower left leg. They took cash and electronics from below. The captain was then shot in the right thigh at close range, severely wounding him, and left on the floor of his drifting boat when the men departed. The captain, although bleeding profusely and in severe pain was able to maneuver his boat back into the industrial harbor alongside a tug. He tossed shells, winch handles, etc. at the side of the tug. It took about 45 minutes before he was able to get the attention of anyone on the much larger tug. A tug crewmember eventually investigated the unusual noises and then summoned the police and ambulance. The victim was transported to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for his serious injuries, some 3 hours after the initial attack. The boat was put in the care of the police, and later hauled for storage. After a period of hospitalization, the victim was stabilized and then returned to France, where he remains hospitalized after additional surgeries. CSSN NOTE: CSSN wishes to thank the Good Samaritan who assisted the victim with communications and translated a first person report from French. CSSN suggests that anyone who finds themselves in a serious situation while outside their home country, particularly if not able to speak the local language, make or request contact with the closest of their home country Consular Services/Embassy. Consular officials can assist with a variety of helpful emergency resources, including qualified translators, communications with family/friends as well as with all of the appropriate local officials. CSSN will post further updates here as they become available.

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.
St. Lucia
Rodney Bay Inner Lagoon
2016-01-01 05:00
Theft
Silent Wind Wind Generator, Regulator, Fenders.
Locked
On the 24th of December I noticed my wind generator had been stolen off the pole on the back of my boat. On the first of January 2016 likely the same individual(s) returned, broke into the boat moored up against a private dock and stole the regulator. It is a Silent Wind generator. The boat is on a private dock in the corner of the lagoon, down near Pizza Pizza. These were very precise crimes. More bizarre was the cutting of the fender tie lines and removal of 3 fenders. They chose a time I was away from the boat over the festive season. Damage was minimal and nothing else was taken or disturbed but the boat was virtually empty, everything not screwed down had already been removed for internal re-varnishing. Anyone with info about this wind generator should contact PC Edwards at Gros Islet CID at +1 758 456 3830
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.
Grenada-Trinidad passage
Trinidad Hibiscus Gas Platform
2015-12-27 10:30
Piracy
They took everything they could get: clothes, computer, cell phones, trinidad flag, clock, etc. TOTAL Value about $4,000us
N/A
Boarding and robbery between Trinidad and Grenada of a 32 foot sailing sloop three on board. The vessel had passed close west of Trinidad Hibiscus Gas Platform and was some 30 miles from Trinidad with 40 to go to Grenada.<br><br>At about 10am, when about 30 nautical miles from Trinidad, to the north and a little to the west of the Hibiscus Gas Platform, the sloop was approached from the eastern side by a pirogue. It was an unmarked pirogue which looked white (or slightly bluish) on the outside with a grey gunnel with a 130 hp outboard on the stern and a 150 hp outboard laying inside. The pirogue had three blue barrels in it, presumably containing extra fuel. Six persons were on board. They all spoke Spanish and one spoke broken English.Three boarded while the others kept gun barrels under cloth wraps pointed at crew. The people in the pirogue used what appeared to be a rifle but the captain could not say for sure as it was hidden by a piece of cloth.They took everything they could get: clothes, computer, cell phones, trinidad flag, clock, etc. TOTAL Value about $4,000us They did not harm the occupants or harm the vessel but the pirates threatened to kill the captain if he called for help. The pirates were aboard for about 20 minutes. They remained cool and were not nervous or jumpy.<br><br>After the robbery the pirogue headed off in a s.w. Direction, towards venezuela.<br><br>Reported to the TT coastguard and YSATT.
Grenada-Trinidad passage
Trinidad Hibiscus Gas Platform
2015-12-20 12:00
Piracy
Money, passports, cell phones, computers, food clothing and ship's documents, cash, credit cards, wallets, clothes, luggage, watches, books, sailing gear, keys, food, miscellaneous electronics, toiletries, and other items.
N/A
On December 20 at approximately noon, a 24 meter (80 ft) sailing yacht was sailing from Chaguaramas Trinidad N. to Port Louis Grenada, at about the halfway point In the vicinity of the Hibiscus Gas platform or 30 miles N of Trinidad.

The crew were busy working on the backstay and didn't notice the boat until it was right on their stern.
VEN Pen
Typical open style fishing boat sometimes used by bandits
It was an 18 ft narrow open boat, white hull with blue inside fishing type boat with 5 young men aboard. The fishing boat had 4 blue barrels that the crew guessed was extra fuel. They had a 120 hp Yamaha outboard engine, and an additional engine laying on the boat's floor.

We were approached from the south astern by the men speaking Spanish apparently asking for something. Once close to the yacht, one individual pulled out a military type assault rifle and made it clear they were coming aboard. The crew was held at gunpoint the

BG Group Data book 2014 - Where we work - Trinidad & Tobago
Hibiscus Gas Platform location is in upper left of graphis with red circle.
entire time. 2 guys stayed in the boat, 2 went through the boat. 1 with the gun stayed with the captain and 2 yacht crew in the cockpit. The pirates below deck proceeded to put the valuables in bags and luggage found inside the boat, and transport said bags into their dinghy. No shots fired. They were aboard for approximately 15 minutes and took money and electronics. None of the 3 crew were injured. all three pirates on board, jumped back into their dinghy, and started motoring south, from the same direction in which they came. The yacht carried on to Grenada and reported the incident to the US Coast Guards, who reported to Trinidad and Grenada Coast Guards. At some point within the hour of reporting the incident to the USCG, the Trinidad and Tobago coast guard called the satellite phone to review the report that was forwarded to them via the USCG.

CSSN NOTE: CSSN original report was from sources directly in contact with captain and crew and was necessarily classified as second hand. The Captain of the yacht has now confirmed all the facts of this report directly to CSSN. The captain provided additional detail which has been edited into this report. This report is is updated to a first hand, confirmed report with quotes and information also taken from the Captain's official written report to authorities.
Martinique
Le Marin Marina
2015-12-15 12:00
Other Vandalism
None
Locked
Individual or individuals put two holes in dingy with knife. Fortunately only one tube was holed. One puncture was in a very difficult spot to repair.. Many other dinghies around. Heard that another dingy was stolen off the same dock the same day mine was damaged. Reported to police and marina. Marina was not helpful or interested when I reported it to them. Made a formal report to police office about two miles away. but they did not seem concerned or interested.
USVI
St. Croix Christiansted
2015-12-13 00:00
Theft
Dinghy and Suzuki 2.5 outboard, small anchor and ground tackle and all of the hardware was gone off the boat
Not Locked
Our dinghy was stolen from the Jones Maritime Company dock sometime Dec 12 or 13. The dock has a locked gate, but the dinghy was only tied to the dock, and the painter was cut. We walked along the industrial waterfront west of Christiansted, and found the dinghy onshore, all tubes slashed beyond repair. The motor, ground tackle and hardware used to hoist the dinghy were all missing. Reported to police.
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.
St. Martin (French)
Lagoon
2015-12-09 02:25
Theft
10ft aluminium hulled RIB and 20HP engine
Locked
Reported to the Brigade Nautique, SMX, Marigot Bay the theft of a 10ft aluminium hulled RIB and 20HP engine. The owner said his dinghy was locked to his yacht with two stainless steel cables, both of which were cut. The incident happened in Marigot Bay at the same time as a theft of a Boston Whaler from am mooring.
St. Martin (French)
Lagoon
2015-12-09 02:25
Theft
13ft Boston Whaler taken from mooring and outboard stolen
Locked
At 2.25am a team of determined thieves stole our Boston Whaler from Nettle Bay, French St. Martin. They had to cut through stainless steel chains and locks securing the boat to two sand screws. We know the whaler was towed out into Marigot Bay to a position approx 18.05N 63.09W, where we surmise the thieves then cut the two stainless steel chains and three heavy stainless steel locks securing the 15hp Yamaha outboard and probably loaded it onto a ship or boat. They then towed the whaler back into Simpson Bay and at approx 3.30am tied it to the stern of a rusted-out fire boat to the north of the Witches Tit. Why they towed the boat back into the Lagoon is a mystery. While reporting this to the Brigade Nautique, someone else was reporting the theft of their 10ft aluminium hulled RIB and 20HP engine. The owner said his dinghy was locked to his yacht with two stainless steel cables, both of which were cut. The incident happened at the same time as our whaler was stolen and in the same area of Marigot Bay where our whaler had it's outboard removed before being towed back into the Lagoon. I know the positions and times because the whaler is fitted with a tracker. We lost a whaler in similar circumstances just over a year ago, I use the whaler for my business, hence the tracker. Unfortunately, there was no tracker on the engine. We though we had done enough to secure the boat. We were wrong. Those who took it were tooled up, not chance thieves or kids. CSSN NOTE: When possible lifting and locking your dinghy to the yacht with stainless steel chain and a quality lock is your best protection against theft. SXM remains a particularly problematic area, and thefts are under reported. Please keep the cruising community informed, our online incident reporting form makes it easy.
Puerto Rico
Vieques Rompeolas
2015-11-30 00:00
Burglary
USCG Type I adult life jacket and 2 children jackets, fender, spot light, personal lights
Locked
November 30 in Vieques Rompeolas, burglars eneterd the boat at night got away with many items. The burglers seemed to have left in a hurry because they spent time removing the anchor and rode and then left rode on deck and anchor in the water, there were more jackets inside and other things they could have taken. Reported to police.
USVI
Water Island, St Thomas
2015-11-30 00:00
Theft
Dinghy, hard, aluminum transom, fire hose on gunwhale, outboard engine with white cowling with two horizontal stripes
Unknown
November 30, at night in Water Island USVI hard dinghyand outboard motor stolen. It is unknown if it was reported to police. Reported to CSSN via KPK.
Trinidad/Tobago
Tobago Charlotteville
2015-11-28 00:00
Other - vandalism
Jumping from Jetty into Dingy which broke the underlining and broke my paddle
Tampered with my engine and took out my drain plug on the transom
Locked
In Charlotteville Tobago there are a bunch of young adults who are damaging dingies on purpose. When you leave your dingy at the dingy dock they jump from the dock onto your dingy breaking the underside and then into the sea and they are break your oars and take the drain plugs out of your transom. 28 November, they trashed my dingy and broke my Tohatsu motor and 29 November, they broke the oar of another dingy and stole the seat from a French dingy. They also stole the stern anchors of the Brazilian dingy a few days ago just leaving the rope behind. If you are going to come here best beware but its not safe to leave your dingy at the dock. Reported to Police.
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.
SVG
Mayreau Saline Bay
2015-11-15 18:00
Burglary
Cash, both EC and US currency. Approximate value $100.00 US.
Not Locked
Between 1800 and 2000 hrs, Sunday while crew was off the boat anchored in Saline Bay, Mayreau, the boat was boarded and entered through a latched but not locked deck hatch. Upon returning, the crew found wet tracks inside the saloon and forward cabin. Lockers had been rifled and only cash was taken from a wallet stored in one of the cabin lockers. Nothing else was taken. The thief attempted to wipe up the water tracks with a shirt found lying on the saloon floor. The main companion way hatch that was locked, had been disturbed. An attempt to contact officials will be made.
SVG
Bequia Admiralty Bay- Port Elizabeth
2015-11-13 00:00
Theft
Dinghy
Not Locked
Dinghy was chained but not locked. Also tied with line to stern of boat while anchored out in Harbour, north end, tony gibbons beach area but well off the shore by 100 meters. Theft occurred between 10 pm and 6 am. Grey dinghy with 10 hp Honda. Boat name is stenciled on the side of dinghy. Reported to Police, Local VHF Net
Martinique
St. Anne
2015-11-11 01:00
Theft
dinghy 25hp honda, elec start and tilt.
Locked
A catamaran had dinghy and outboard stolen from St Anne, Martinique. Reported to the police, who told them there had been several dinghy thefts recently, principally from charter boats. the dinghy was in water, but locked to cat. 25hp honda, electric start and tilt. Reported via KPK.

CSSN Note: More information may be forthcoming from the source. Date of incident is approximate. Multiple sources have indicated that thefts of this type are underreported in this location. Captains may wish to consider extra precautions in this anchorage.
Haiti
Ile de Vache
2015-10-29 03:00
Theft
fenders
N/A
Only fenders disappeared but that's still theft. Lucky we have dogs because it could have been more than just feders. Not reported to local authorities.
Martinique
Le Marina du Marin
2015-10-22 00:00
Theft
Fuel tank for dingy engine, with fuel.
Not Locked
Dingy was locked to the marina dingy dock, sometime during the night the fuel tank was stolen and an attempt was made to take the outboard. The outboard was locked and was not taken. There were other items of value in a zippered compartment that were not taken. When reported to the marina office, they indicated there had been several thefts lately, but seemed indifferent overlall. During a 2 week stay here the keycard type locked gates to the marina are seldom even closed.
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.
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.
SVG
Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
2015-09-15 01:20
Theft
iPhone 6, Camera, hat.
Not Locked
A swimmer boarded us in Charlestown Bay, Canouan, SVG; he was about 6 feet tall, 180 to 200 lbs. He kicked our small dog overboard after she attacked him and barked, but ran and jumped into the water when I came out of my hatch. I tried to find him in the water with the dingy but he is a very good swimmer and got away in the dark swimming out into the middle of the bay. I had to break off the search after 20 minutes when we realized our dog was no longer on board to search for her. Reported to the police in Canouan.
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 !
SVG
Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
2015-09-08 18:15
Theft
Food, food containers and beverages from outside refrigerator were stolen. Someone had to board the boat when we went into the Tamarind hotel for dinner just after sunset or when we entered the Wine shop. Some food was eaten and the empty containers put back in the fridge and the majority of other items were taken. We were anchored where the boat could be seen from the restaurant, so it had to have happened right at sundown or when we went in store because we could see the boat the majority of the time. Luckily the rest of the boat was locked and no other large items outside were taken (scuba tank or fishing pole)
Locked
While owners ashore for dinner at the Tamarind Beach Hotel, their catamaran was boarded and the outside refrigerator was emptied of foods/drinks. Incident reported by phone to the hotel, who indicated they would alert the Coast Guard.

CSSN NOTE: This is the 10th boarding reported to us at this location in 2015, click here for more daetials and a related NEWS item https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/?p=2755
Curacao
Spanish Water Cabrita Bay
2015-08-22 09:00
Theft
RIB dinghy
Not Locked
RIB dinghy without an outboard was tied (not locked) to dock at southern end of Cabrita Bay, Spanish Water at 8 AM. When the owner returned at 3PM it was gone. Wind and current would have kept it in the bay, reported to the Coast Guard and police.
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.
SVG
Bequia Admiralty Bay- Port Elizabeth
2015-07-31 10:00
Theft
Cell phone, $120 USD, 225 EC$, iPod Nano, LED Headlamp
Not Locked
The crew left the boat for an island tour and were gone for 4-5 hours total. The (catamaran) saloon doors were closed but not locked. Upon returning, we did not notice anything out of place and we left Bequia the next day. One crew member could not find her cell phone. Then we realized there was money missing from a purse left in the saloon and then that the iPod & LED light were gone as well. There was a computer & tablet on board that were not touched (although these were somewhat hidden below). As we were in the Tobago Cays when we realized the theft had taken place, we had no way to report it. The boat was anchored in the NE section of Admiralty Bay .
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.
Grenada
Grenada Prickly Bay
2015-07-20 19:00
Theft
"cleaned out" a monohull ketch at anchor in Prickly Bay.
Unknown
1 of 2 boats boarded one evening in Prickly Bay while owners were ashore, thief/thieves "cleaned out" a monohull ketch at anchor. Details are incomplete and not confirmed, unknown if boat was locked. Incident reported on the local VHF net, police apparently involved. CSSN NOTE: First person reports can be submitted anytime, and CSSN will update/correct our records. Please submit a report if you are involved in an incident, and remind/assist others in making reports .... they may have lost their communication devices.
Grenada
Grenada Prickly Bay
2015-07-20 19:00
Theft
laptop, possibly more
Unknown
2nd of 2 boats boarded one evening in Prickly Bay while owners ashore, details are incomplete and not confirmed. Boat may not
have been locked. Reported on the local VHF net, also possibly to the local police.

CSSN NOTE: First person reports can be submitted anytime, and CSSN will update/correct our records. Please submit a report if you are involved in an
incident, and remind/assist others in making reports .... they may have lost their communication devices.
Grenada
Grenada St. George's outside lagoon
2015-07-18 04:00
Theft
10 ft rigid fiberglass dinghy with 6hp 4S engine
Not Locked
Between 4-5 AM an unlocked in the water dinghy with outboard was stolen from a boat anchored outside St. Georges lagoon. Dinghy was later found, minus the outboard. Police were notified.
SVG
Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
2015-07-14 02:45
Attempted Theft
none, unsuccessful attempt theft
Not Locked
Crew was awakened at 0:245 HRS by sounds on deck and when they investigated they found an unknown man on the deck of their catamaran. Yelling convinced him to jump overboard and swim away before being able to steal anything. The private charter group had been twice that day cautioned to lock up by the gentlemen who rented the mooring to them. No police report was made, the group departed the next day. CSSN NOTE: this is the 7th incident (reported to us) at this location this year.
SVG
Canouan L'anse Guyac ( N of Charlestown Bay
2015-07-10 02:00
Attempted Theft
none
Locked
Boarding overnight at L'Ance Guyac (north of Charlestown Bay at N12 43.459 W61 19.959 ) Canouan. All items were removed from the deck/cockpit, including the cooler so nothing was available to the thief. No police or Coast Guard report was made. First person report/date approximate.
Curacao
Spanish Water
2015-07-07 02:00
Attempted Theft
nothing, dinghy painter was cut nearly thru
Locked
On awakening the crew of a boat anchored in Spanish Waters discovered that overnight their dinghy had been tampered with. The canvas cover for the outboard had been removed, and the painter nearly cut thru with a sharp implement of some sort. The dinghy was cabled and locked to the yacht, the outboard engine was securely locked to the dinghy. The owners asked CSSN to specifically remind and warn others that this pattern of attempted/actual theft has occurred here in Spanish Waters before, the swimout thieves drift off in the night with the dinghy to work away at the locks on the outboard in a remote area, and the dinghy minus the outboard is sometimes later recovered, sometimes the entire dinghy is swum ashore and then taken away by a waiting pickup truck.. This incident was reported on the local Curacao daily VHF net, but it can happen to anyone, anywhere. CSSN NOTE: cables, stainless steel chains and sturdy locks do provide a first order of defense against casual "sneak" thieves, but LIFTING and then also LOCKING provides a more robust deterrent.
SVG
Bequia Princess Margaret Beach
2015-07-03 04:30
Attempted Theft
none
Unknown
Crew/dog awakened at 4:30 AM by strange, sloshing sounds. Discovered 2 men in a local (later learned to be stolen) double bow skiff at the stern step of the catamaran. Lights and yelling caused the men to paddle away after making excuses about "being fishermen", etc. The next day, the catamaran owner made a report on the local VHF net and went ashore where the skiff and its true owner were discovered, the owner indicated he planned to lock the skiff up in the future. A police report was attempted, but yacht owners were advised since they had not been boarded and nothing was taken, no report could be made. The skiff owner did make a police report. The local Coast Guard patrol boat was back in operation the following night and made several passes thru the anchorage.
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.
SVG
Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
2015-06-17 04:00
Attempted Theft
None
Not Locked
8 persons sleeping onboard Lagoon 440 Cat including two female children. Sole intruder apparently swam to boat anchored just off Tamarind Hotel. Male adult sleeping on saloon cushions woke to find intruder sitting on steps leading down to port accommodation with beach towel around his head. Intruder was challenged and ran out towards port stern and jumped in water and swam away. Wet footprints showed intruder had walked all around saloon. All valuables had been stowed below before retiring. Nothing stolen. Alerted local marine services who called police. Locals searched nearby beach on foot and by dinghy. No-one found.
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
Martinique
Fort de France
2015-06-10 18:15
Other
None
Not Locked

We were anchored in Fort de France and made an arrangement with two other cruisers to meet ashore for a picnic. We were last to arrive around 6PM and whilst approaching the dinghy dock saw three local youths aged about 18 untie our friends (not locked) dinghy and kick it free. The wind was blowing off shore and we retrieved the dinghy on our way in. The three youths saw us tie the dinghy up and in a threatening manor told us to keep quiet, as there were others cruisers present they eventually left. No police report was made.
SVG
Canouan Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel)
2015-06-10 02:00
Attempted Theft
none
Locked
Another night time boarding in Charlestown Bay. Owners were prepared and removed all items from deck/cockpit, as a result nothing was taken. Not reported to police or CG. First person report/date approximate.
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