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Red Sea, Egypt, Tawila Island - Yacht Boarded

By doina — last modified Jan 21, 2009 07:48 PM

Published: 2009-01-21 19:48:48

A yacht was boarded while at anchor in Endeavour Harbour, Tawila island, Red Sea, Egypt. The incident occurred at 0400 local time on Feb 19 at 27.33.7N and 33.47.0E. The 14 meter sailing yacht was boarded by four men from a six meter blue fishing boat. The men were wearing black diving suits. The outboard for the yacht's dinghy was removed from the bracket in the cockpit. The captain awoke and went on deck to find the men lowering the motor into the fishboat. The men showed aggressive behaviour when confronted by the captain. The captain then moved away and the men left in a northeasterly direction taking the motor with them. The captain then awakened the crews of two other boats in the anchorage to make them aware of the situation.

Philip Jones of Abu Tig Marina, some 10 miles away, has informed Noonsite that the yacht has now returned to the marina and a proper investigation will take place.

A similar incident occurred in December 2005 at the neighbouring island of Gubal. In this case they took the whole tender that was tied up to the back of the yacht with the outboard which was attached.