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Madagascar, Deigo Suarez: Armed boarding and attempted theft - August 2014

By SV Solace — last modified Sep 05, 2014 04:12 PM

Published: 2014-08-30 23:00:00

On 20th August 2014, SV Solace was anchored in the commercial port anchorage of Deigo Suarez when an intruder boarded their boat around 0200 and attempted to steal their portable generator.

The generator was just behind the aft cabin hatch where the owners were sleeping and was secured with two ropes, but no lock.

The boat was open and unlocked. The owners did not hear the intruders approach, or board, but noises on the back deck woke the skipper up.

Skipper Paul Rae continues, "I suspect the thief didn't realize the weight of the Generator and made noises moving it across the deck, to lift over the side.

"I scared him off by yelling "Get the hell of my boat". If he hadn't dived over the side straight away, I was prepared to rush him. However at that time, I didn't know he had a knife. That came apparent after inspecting the aft deck and discovering the severed lines".

The intruder had a friend waiting for him in a small dugout outrigger. He also stole lines off the boat.

There was one other boat, a large catamaran, anchored about 50 metres away. They heard the skipper yelling, however the decision was taken not to chase after the thieves in the dinghy, because it was known the intruders had a knife and the dinghy was an inflatable.

Paul has since cleared the deck of all extraneous items, and now has a motion alarm in the cockpit area which they sometimes use, depending on where they are anchored.

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