DATE: 2022-10-06 00:30 LOCATION: Saint Lucia – Soufriere EVENT: Assault HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: phone, tablet, computer and clothing SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: A cruising couple on their yacht on an SMMA mooring were awoken and boarded at 0030HRS by 4 masked/hooded men with knives and machetes. The thieves stole electronics (phone,tablet,computer) and personal items (clothing). The crew was not injured. A police report was made, no forensics were taken.
CSSN NOTE: approximately one month ago a similar incident was reported at this location, see 2876 .
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DATE: 2022-08-26 02:15 LOCATION: Saint Lucia – Soufriere EVENT: Assault HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: A small amount of cash SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: At 0215HRS a yacht on an SMMA mooring for its 3rd night was boarded by armed thieves. One of the assailants came thru an open hatch and then entered the salon where a female crew member was awake, and she began yelling. He attempted to silence her with a hand over her mouth and attempted to stuff a rag in her mouth and then began choking her, as she continued to struggle and yelled. A second crew member (male) awoke and it became violent and louder as many blows were exchanged. A second assailant entered thru the companionway and began assaulting the crew as well. The activity woke a third male crew member who came from the V berth, with crew now outnumbering the intruders 3 to 2. At this point the intruders jumped overboard and swam toward shore.
A knife that belonged to one of the intruders was found on the salon floor. The crew was well bloodied, and the intruders left behind significant blood as well. The crew chose to treat their own injuries. A small amount of cash had been taken, and the cover on the cockpit chart plotter had been removed.
Reports were made to the police, Coast Guard and SMMA authorities. No forensics were taken.
DATE: 2022-04-19 22:00 LOCATION: Panama – Linton Bay Marina EVENT: Assault HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: None SECURED: N/A DETAILS: The owner/captain of a cruising yacht docked for one night at the Linton Bay Marina, and was ashore having dinner at the restaurant when it began to rain at about 2200HRS. He returned to his boat to close the hatches and was overtaken by 4-5 men who were lying-in-wait in darkness inside. They had already searched the boat, and immediately wrestled him to the floor, and then held an automatic weapon to his head and began to demand “the drugs” they believed he had brought from the San Blas. Once a phone camera was shined in his face a third party seemed to conclude he was the wrong person.
The captain sustained minor injuries and was warned to remain quiet and on the floor. The men departed after about 15 minutes in their small launcha that was tied alongside. Nothing was stolen. After some time the captain returned to the restaurant and reported the incident.
Reports were made to the Linton Bay Marina management, the Navy/Coast Guard (Aeronaval) and the police. The victim was told the only security cameras at the marina were pointed at the restaurant and not the dock. ID: 2785
DATE: 2022-01-16 02:30 LOCATION: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – St. Vincent – Buccament Bay EVENT: Assault HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: Camera, computer, cash, phone SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: Two yachts were the only visiting yachts anchored in Buccament Bay, St. Vincent. On the second night of their stay, the singlehanded captain/owner of one of the yachts awoke when he was being choked by 1 of 2 men who had boarded through a closed but not locked companionway. After the attackers displayed a gun to ensure cooperation a cloth/hood was placed over the captains head and he was tied up. The thieves ransacked the boat taking cash and electronics (phone, computer, camera). The thieves seemed unprepared to take the lifted and chain locked dinghy from the davits. They departed in an unpowered boat, which authorities indicated may have been stolen from a nearby bay.
A call was made on VHF 16 and a lighthouse station responded, and then contacted the Coast Guard, who arrived promptly and also contacted the police. The police arrived promptly to take a report, but no forensics were collected.
CSSN NOTE: The thieves had attempted to board the other yacht earlier the same night, but were not successful when the owners awoke and were able to discourage the two men. VHF calls to their buddy boat (victim above), were not answered. ID: 2737
DATE: 2021-09-06 21:30 LOCATION: Mexico – Cancun – Punta Nizuc EVENT: Assault HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: 10′ AB aluminum bottom dinghy, 15HP Yamaha 2 stroke outboard (15FMH), spare fuel tank, cash, portable West Marine VHF, GoPro camera, headlamp, medicines and ointments, and other items. SECURED: Does not apply DETAILS: Owners anchored their catamaran at 1800HRS just south of Cancun, Mexico, in the bay of Punta Nizuc. Family members were watching a movie with all lights out at 2130HRS when three men with spear guns appeared in the cockpit and began screaming for money and food.
The crew cooperated, giving the masked men money and food items. They took a knife and held it out while yelling orders. They tied up both adults on the floor and then tied the children nearby. They threatened to throw them overboard while still tied, but did not physically harm anyone. The men ransacked the boat – breaking the VHF, a flashlight, and GPS display.
After collecting what they wanted the men departed in the yacht’s dinghy. The crew was able to untie themselves, and they recovered a backpack accidentally left behind in the cockpit that contained their cell phones and other valuables. It is believed the men arrived by paddle board or kayak as they were silent and wet.
A report was made to the Police and the Port Captain. ID: 2678