CSSN News – September 24, 2017 Armed Boardings and Piracy reported off Dominica – UPDATED

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CSSN News – September 24, 2017 Armed Boardings and Piracy reported off Dominica – UPDATED

Several sources in social media have reported that boats bringing relief supplies to hurricane ravaged Dominica have been boarded and robbed offshore by armed men in pirogues.
The situation in Dominica is evolving, and will be for some time. Without basic communications and no apparent command structure or coordination of emergency relief efforts in place, visiting, or even transiting in sight of Dominica by yacht should be very carefully considered. Unless you are expected and arrive under prearranged escort your efforts may create more chaos and endanger your vessel and crew.

Various groups experienced in relief efforts are beginning to lend much needed support, and there will be many opportunities to support Dominica and its people once these efforts take visible effect.

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UPDATE: December 4, 2017

This News item when published clearly identified the nature of its source as social media. Because of the serious nature of the initial social media posts, the intent of the CSSN news item was to inform those considering visiting Dominica in the immediate aftermath of Maria to consider the decision carefully until it was clear that reasonable order prevailed there. At the time, the 2 principle sources who posted in social media were believed to be reliable and credible, both having previously demonstrated significant support for the people of Dominica and economic interests there.

Recently, commercial and governmental interests in Dominica have challenged the accuracy of the initial reports in social media. Specifically, they assert that NO piracy acts occurred. Subsequently, the original sources have deleted their posts from social media.

CSSN cannot factually ascertain the accuracy of claims made by any of the disputing parties. Consequently, CSSN as a matter of policy wants our readership to understand our obligation to inform our readers about this change in circumstance.

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DATE: 2017-10-28 12:00 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: disputed waters off Honduras/Nicaragua border EVENT: Piracy

 

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DATE: 2017-10-28 12:00
Country Name: Honduras
Location Detail: disputed waters off Honduras/Nicaragua border
EVENT: Piracy
HAND: 1
Stolen Items: cash, phone, GPS, computer, dive gear, fishing gear, food, medicine, rum and many small items
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS:  A single hander departed Livingston, Guatemala for Isla de Providencia, Colombia. At noon, when about 35 miles offshore of the Honduras/Nicaragua border he was boarded while motoring by 20 men in 3 pirogues.

The pirates did NOT display any weapons, but simply overran the yacht. The captain did not resist in any way. The pirates ransacked the yacht for about an hour. They “took everything”, cash, phone, GPS, computer, dive gear, fishing gear, food, medicine, rum and many small items. The captain was able to negotiate with the leaders and was allowed to keep a navigational computer and a small GPS, as well as some jerry jugs of diesel. The pirates asked for drugs (there were none) before finally departing.

There were no injuries. The captain describes that damage to the yacht was out of ignorance, not malice. A report was made to Colombian officials in Providencia on arrival.

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CSSN News – September 24, 2017 Armed Boardings and Piracy reported off Dominica

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CSSN News – September 24, 2017 Armed Boardings and Piracy reported off Dominica – UPDATED

Several sources in social media have reported that boats bringing relief supplies to hurricane ravaged Dominica have been boarded and robbed offshore by armed men in pirogues.

The situation in Dominica is evolving, and will be for some time. Without basic communications and no apparent command structure or coordination of emergency relief efforts in place, visiting, or even transiting in sight of Dominica by yacht should be very carefully considered. Unless you are expected and arrive under prearranged escort your efforts may create more chaos and endanger your vessel and crew.

Various groups experienced in relief efforts are beginning to lend much needed support, and there will be many opportunities to support Dominica and its people once these efforts take visible effect.

CSSN Update!
CSSN UPDATE!
UPDATE: December 4, 2017

This News item when published clearly identified the nature of its source as social media. Because of the serious nature of the initial social media posts, the intent of the CSSN news item was to inform those considering visiting Dominica in the immediate aftermath of Maria to consider the decision carefully until it was clear that reasonable order prevailed there. At the time, the 2 principle sources who posted in social media were believed to be reliable and credible, both having previously demonstrated significant support for the people of Dominica and economic interests there.

Recently, commercial and governmental interests in Dominica have challenged the accuracy of the initial reports in social media. Specifically, they assert that NO piracy acts occurred. Subsequently, the original sources have deleted their posts from social media.

CSSN cannot factually ascertain the accuracy of claims made by any of the disputing parties. Consequently, CSSN as a matter of policy wants our readership to understand our obligation to inform our readers about this change in circumstance.

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DATE: 2017-04-13 08:00 Country Name: Honduras Location Detail: Puerte Cortes Naval Base Yard EVENT: Piracy

 

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CSSN First Hand Report

DATE: 2017-04-13 08:00
Country Name: Honduras
Location Detail: Puerte Cortes Naval Base Yard
EVENT: Piracy
HAND: 1
Stolen Items: VHF, SSB. EPIRB, flares, outboard engine, binoculars, smartphones, tools,security items, clothing, suitcases, toiletries and many more small items
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: 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.

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CSSN NEWS item – Multiple piracy events off Honduras – January 26, 2017

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The Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) has received a firsthand report from the second yacht boarded by pirates near Gorda Cay on 1/19/2017. Review the complete and fully updated report HERE.

There have been 3 reports of piracy off Honduras in the last week, two (includes the one above) in the Gorda Bank area, and one off the north coast near Puerto Cortes. A 4th incidence of piracy occurred in the disputed waters near Media Luna Cays in late December, 2016.

CSSN advises a high level of caution and careful planning if you are traveling in any of these areas, near shore and offshore Honduras or Nicaragua.

Review each of the 3 previous recent firsthand reports here:

https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.org/date-2017-01-19-country-name-honduras-location-detail-offshore-20-miles-off-gordo-bank-event-piracy/

https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.org/date-2017-01-13-country-name-honduras-location-detail-puerto-cortes-naval-base-yard-event-piracy/

https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.org/date-2016-12-20-country-name-nicaragua-location-detail-media-luna-cays-event-piracy/

Some circumstances, while not likely the pirates themselves, are common in these reports. Weapons ranged from steel bars and knives to automatic weapons. Locations varied from relatively near shore to well offshore. The number of pirates varied from 8-30, in single or multiple approaches involving from 1 to 4 pangas. Crews complied with most instructions from the leaders of these groups, and attempted to limit the number of pirates allowed below, with limited success. None of the yachts stopped, and no serious injuries were reported. Well hidden backup communication and navigation devices proved helpful to some crews.

A well thought out response plan that is discussed beforehand and understood by all members of the crew is essential in these tense and difficult circumstances. It’s easy to subscribe to (free) CSSN ALERTS! or follow us on social media to receive all future CSSN News and Incident Reports. All in the spirit of Know Before You Go!

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