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Yacht Hotline Established in Grenada

By Sue Richards last modified Apr 06, 2011 12:02 PM

Published: 2011-04-06 12:02:28
Topics: Piracy
Countries: Grenada

As reported by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net

Following a January 21 meeting between the yachting community and officers from the Royal Grenada Police Force, a hotline has been established for yachts to report crimes and suspicious activities, at 473-405-7490. The line will be manned 24x7 by the drug squad.

While the CID officer in attendance claimed that maritime crimes have declined from ten in 2009 to nine in 2011 (probably means 2010), these figures reflect commercial and recreational boats only in Grenada, not in Carriacou or Petite Martinique. Reports made to the Caribbean Safety and Security Net do not jibe with those statistics, as our reports DO include the sister islands. Whether or not an event in Carriacou or Petite Martinique can be reported to the hotline is an open issue.

Of worthy note is that, so far in 2011, there have been four reports from Prickly Bay, Grenada, and none from any other anchorage. The Grenada Coast Guard was instrumental in capturing one of those responsible for the last incident and indications are that he will confess who else was involved and the group will be found responsible for at least one other of the remaining three incidents.

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