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Caribbean, Trinidad - Security Concerns Increase

By doina — last modified Jan 21, 2009 07:54 PM

Published: 2009-01-21 19:54:51

Concern has recently been growing among cruisers in Trinidad as the number of incidents of theft and robberies increase. The most recent report confirms the seriousness of the situation with a yacht boarded and robbed at anchor in Chaguaramas Bay.

On the 17 August between 2:30 and 3:30 am, an aluminum dinghy or pirogue coming from Fisherman's Village near Cruise Inn, came alongside a Norwegian yacht, which was anchored in front of Peake Yacht Services right in the mooring field.

The people on the Norwegian yacht were still up and talking in the cockpit. At first the fishermen only asked for cigarettes but suddenly several of them boarded the boat wielding a gun and machetes. They then took their time, perhaps 1 1/2 hours to search the boat and rob everything that was of any value. Computers, money, credit cards, cigarettes, alcohol, and so on. In fact, the boat was pretty much stripped. Then they destroyed the inflatable, sank the outboard and took off towards the sea and the west.

The Norwegians called for help on several channels but the only immediate response was from a few yachties in nearby boats that came to help. The coastguard did respond but it was felt to be more concerned with getting the spelling and the paperwork right.

The incident follows on shortly from a meeting on July 24 when cruisers met to discuss the security issue, see Escalating crime situation in Trinidad