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Turkey, Gocek Bay: Theft at anchor near Skopea Marina - June 2014

By Anonymous last modified Jul 07, 2014 03:13 PM

Published: 2014-07-06 23:00:00
Topics: Piracy Reports 2014
Countries: Turkey

Warning to those in this area:

We were anchored in Gocek bay near to Skopea marina entrance on 27/06/14.

Money was stolen by a swimmer entering the boat at night whilst we were ashore.

It was dark and the boat was secured, although I don't have security bars.  The police believe the thief(s) swam to the boat, as only money and some jewellery was taken. How entry was gained I do not know as there was no sign of entry and the thief was at pains to place items neatly back after searching.  Money was secreted in 6 different places - they found 4. Gold earrings were discovered at the bottom of a small box of non-valuables, all of which were carefully replaced.  We did not discover our losses until the next day and thus could not determine entry method.

Other boats were anchored nearb. I asked some who reported they were not entered - perhaps we were closer to the beach.

Coastguard report filed.

I'm told it occurs once or twice a year, however, we did have the coastguard boat cruising the anchorage the previous night using its spotlight on all boats to supposedly remind vessels to use their anchor lights.

We have anchored in this area many times and not previously had a problem, but will now be much more wary when leaving the boat.

(Editor's Note: Thieving is an annual occurrence in the early season in anchorages in many areas globally. Read more about how to keep your yacht safe and thefts reported in this part of Turkey at this post by Marmaris Bay Cruisers.)

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