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Riggerman
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Joined: 26 Aug 2012
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Location: Rio Dulce

PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:15 am    Post subject: Piracy and boarding. Reply with quote

Here is a copy and paste of a report I just received.


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 Rio Dulce, Guatemala for Providencia Island (Colombia). At noon, when about 35 miles offshore of the Honduras/Nicaragua border he was boarded while motoring by 30 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 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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elpolvo
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Joined: 18 Oct 2006
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Location: rio grande y rio dulce

PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the report Riggerman.

The captain has my admiration for the way he handled the situation.
I guess when there's 30 pirates it's easy to be polite with them. Wink

The area has been dangerous for cruisers for a long time now. When
sailing that route be prepared for mob shoplifting.
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MaryT
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Joined: 27 Jul 2015
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Location: Rio Dulce, Guatemala

PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:34 pm    Post subject: New Feature on the CSSN Website Reply with quote

We've just added a new interactive graphic on the Caribbean Safety and Security Net's website that may be of interest to the Rio Dulce cruising community. Check it out:
https://safetyandsecuritynet.org/regional-piracy-infographics/
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dennysbeach
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Joined: 22 Oct 2009
Posts: 374
Location: lake isabal

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pass by that area near the lagoons well offshore and at night with no lights.
That should do it.
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