DATE: 2019-01-13 23:00 Country Name: Panama Location Detail: Portobello EVENT: Attempted robbery HAND: 1 Stolen Items: not successfully boarded, deterred by large dog SECURED: N/A DETAILS: A panga with 4+ men attempted to board a cruising yacht anchored in the bay at around 2300 HRS. Surprised, the owner came on deck and responded aggressively verbally, and was only able to dissuade the hostile boarders when his large, 60 lb. dog came on deck. Holstered pistols were visible to the captain.
After departing the panga lit up and then attempted to engage with another nearby yacht. The owner spoke Spanish and after much angry yelling the panga departed. Earlier this same night a cruising yacht was boarded by armed men, and the occupants’ pistol whipped and robbed at gun point. See Prior report.
DATE: 2014-12-11 01:30 Country Name: Dominican Republic Location Detail: Boca Chica EVENT: Attempted Robbery Stolen Items: none -unsuccessful (attempted) armed robberyi SECURED: Not Locked DETAILS: At 0130 hrs 3 swimmers were heard boarding an occupied vessel on a Marina ZarPar mooring. The crew immediately secured the companionway, were prepared with a machete and were able to repel the boarders when they broke in thru the companionway and threatened with knives. Boarders jumped over and swam away. Boat alarms sounded and police were summoned. 1 individual was detained but then released. No injuries were reported. Marina ZarPar management reports that a radio has now been provided to security staff and night patrols stepped up. (see prior incident 7 December 2014)
First hand report :
“We had just left a restaurant after dining for lunch in a well populated restaurant area across the road from the ferry service outside Marina Fort Louis. We were eyed by two black Antillies young men aged aprox 18 – 20 both were clean shaven and well dressed. One approached on foot and grabbed the necklace with the gold charm from the front of my neck, I tried to grab it back and told him he wasn’t having it, but only managed to hold onto the gold chain. The gold yacht charm fell to the ground and he picked it up and walked to a little foot scooter he had parked with his mate who was on a small push bicycle. They then rode off. We reported to the Gendamarrie who advised us this was the third reported incident of this type to tourist in the same area.”
While a cruiser was seated at a sidewalk cafe in Marigot, a young (18-25) male approached from behind and attempted to rip a gold chain from the neck. He made three attempts, breaking the chain and ripping the cruiser’s shirt, then fled without the chain when victim stood and turned to confront him.
CSSN Note: Sometimes confrontation works… and when it does it can feel empowering; but this could have also ended badly.
DATE: 2014-12-18 03:00 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: St Lucia Marigot EVENT: Attempted Robbery Stolen Items: None SECURED: Locked DETAILS: After 600 € had already been stolen from the boat on the evening before while crew was ashore, the crew tried to lock as many hatches and doors as possible. Only two hatches on the deck of two cabins had been left open, but secured with some ropes. At 3.00 am in the morning, footsteps were heard on the deck and some of the crew woke up and started to check the boat. One saw a man just stepping down from the catamaran into a little wooden boat with rows and started to shout loudly at him. Soon the whole crew was awoke and two crew members went after the man and stopped him. Man said he was just a fisherman and jumped off the boat to flee in the jungle at the shore. Two crew members took the “machete” from his boat and tried to take his boat away from him to show it to the police, but he went back in the water and grabbed his boat. He also tried to grab the “machete”, but it was already gone.