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Venezuela to Trinidad: Sailing Boat Shot At

By Val Ellis last modified Nov 28, 2013 02:23 PM

Published: 2008-04-06 14:35:00
Topics: Piracy Reports 2008
Countries: Trinidad & Tobago , Venezuela

At about 18:00 AST, March 28, 2008 the sailboat "Mr Hopper" was passing the Gas Well Platforms about 24nm north of Trinidad on the rhumb line to Grenada. A small boat with 6 Venezuleans approached from amongst the Gas Platform and when it was about 30 meters away opened fire on the sailboat. They continued to approach closer while shooting until the skipper of the sailboat was able to fire a flare using his flare gun into their boat. They then departed. The sailboat continued north to Grenada under cover of darkness without lights. They discovered at least 4 bullet holes in their boat after arrival at Grenada. No physical injuries to the crew.