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
DATE: 2020-03-30 23:50 LOCATION: Colombia – Bahia de Barbacoas EVENT: Assault HAND: 1 STOLEN ITEMS: Dinghy/outboard, fuel tank and fuel line,fenders SECURED: Locked DETAILS: A foreign flagged monohull with 4 persons onboard was the lone yacht anchored in Bahia de Barbacoas (south of Cartagena) for 5 nights. The dinghy was hoisted on a halyard to deck height. At about midnight the crew heard voices and discovered that 3 men with machetes from a small fishing boat had boarded.
The crew locked themselves inside an interior cabin and the captain turned on deck lights and yelled. One intruder came into the yacht and attempted to get into the locked cabin, and another managed to hit the captain on the head with the flat side of his machete thru a hatch. The intruders slashed the halyard, and took the dinghy/outboard and some fenders from a foredeck locker. Shore side, a very bright spotlight was shone on the confrontation and the thieves departed.
The captain set off a red parachute flare and noticed the dinghy adrift nearby. They upped anchor and retrieved it, the thieves had damaged the locked outboard while trying to remove it, but were not successful.
The Armada Nacional (coast guard) was contacted by those on shore and arrived promptly and escorted the yacht to anchor in Los Rosarios but instructed them not to stay overnight as they could not guarantee safety. The yacht and crew were granted sanctuary despite port closure and accepted into Santa Marta marina later that day, where a medic provided treatment for the head wound. ID: 2480
DATE: 2020-02-16 22:00 LOCATION: Saint Lucia – Soufriere EVENT: Assault HAND: 2 STOLEN ITEMS: various, details not available SECURED: N/A DETAILS: A single hander who anchored near Anse Chastenet was boarded by 3 men/2 boats with guns, and assaulted. Thieves demanded “drugs” and stole various items. The captain was injured severely and required medical treatment. A police report was made the next day.