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Fiji, Suva: Armed attempted robbery - cruiser attacked - January 2017

By A number of cruisers who know Jim contacted noonsite to report this incident. — last modified Feb 23, 2017 02:23 PM

Published: 2017-01-26 00:00:00
Topics: Piracy & Security Incident Reports 2017
Countries: Fiji

Jim Van Cleve, a single-hander and long term Fiji cruiser, was attacked at anchor on board his boat Kalokalo in Suva, Fiji on January 25, 2017 at 11pm.

Jim defended himself, but received severe lacerations to both hands.

The authorities in Suva have caught one of the perpetrators and it is believed it is just a matter of time before catching the other.

Jim e-mailed noonsite with this report of what happened:

While anchored in Walu Bay, Suva Harbor, Fiji on the night of  23 Jan, 2017, I was boarded, attacked and robbed by two thugs armed with a cane knife.

The thugs who attacked me were practiced and knew what they were doing, repeatedly asking me where the "big money was hidden", while torturing me. BTW, my "big money" is in Westpac Bank.

A heads up, parts of Fiji are not as safe as they once were.

I am a resident of Fiji with a Fiji registered yacht. I love Fiji and see this as a troubling aberration, hopefully limited to 3-4 bigger cities.

Jim Van Cleve
SY Kalokalo, 1968, P35
Fiji

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