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Attention Yachts Cruising the Ecuadorian Coast

By Sue Richards last modified Nov 09, 2008 04:35 PM

Published: 2008-11-09 16:35:47
Topics: Piracy Reports 2008
Countries: Ecuador

SY ARGONAUTA I, currently cruising the Costa Rican coast, reported hearing of an armed boarding in Ecuador via the Panama Pacific Net, 0800 hrs local on 8 November 2008.

SY SARANA reported that while at anchor overnight they experienced an armed boarding and robbery by four men. The pirates stole money and electronic items and roughed up a crew member. Fortunately, injuries amounted to cuts and bruises.

The location of the attack was near Punta Pedernales, Equador. Co-ordinates 00 03N/080 050W.

The crew reported the incident to both the US and Ecuadorian Coast Guards. Ecuadorian authorities came on board to interview the crew.

Yachts travelling the Ecuadorian coast should note the area where the attack took place and be advised to avoid the area.