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Thailand, Koh Lipe: Dinghy and Outboard Theft - July 2012

By Sue Richards last modified Sep 26, 2012 09:37 PM

Published: 2012-07-31 20:15:00
Topics: Piracy Reports 2012
Countries: Thailand

I would like to put a word of warning out on recent alarming events near Koh Lipe, Thailand (Thai island closest to Langkawi, Malaysia). We have been cruising in this part of Thailand for a long time, our boat is Thai registered.

On July 30th, 2012, we were anchored next to another sailboat off the eastern side of Koh Lipe, opposite resorts and a fishing community. We were in about 10 meters over a sandy bottom about 150-200 meters off shore, opposite the place speedboat ferries use for landing. We were one of two sailboats in the bay and there were some fishing boats and rigs within a mile or so around the islands but not too close. Some were anchored way out.

My partner slept outside in the cockpit and she saw our dinghy before going down below to the cabin at 0300. It was tied with two turns and two hitches behind the transom on a couple of meters of rode, as it always is. I was up just before 0600 when I discovered it was missing, both the inflatable boat and outboard. We have never had any security issues in Thailand and have never felt the need to secure our dinghy and outboard overnight.

Prior to this earlier that evening, one of local villagers sitting with his friends on the beach approached us as we were loading shopping bags into the dinghy. He insisted on helping to launch the dinghy into the water. My partner's wallet with all her cards, IDs and cash went missing as a result.

Beware, your stay at Koh Lipe might cost you more then you thought it would.

Denis Saltykov