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Fatal Pirate Attack in Venezuela

By Sue Richards last modified Nov 10, 2008 05:31 PM

Published: 2008-11-10 17:31:38
Topics: Piracy Reports 2008
Countries: Venezuela

It has been reported on cruising forums that on Sunday night an American, the captain of the vessel Chill, Ken Peters, was killed by pirates at Isla Borracha near Puerto La Cruz.

It appears that Ken and his wife Cathy were anchored with another boat I'Lean, with fellow cruisers Steve & Gloria Davis aboard. Both boats had departed Puerto La Cruz from Bahía Redonda Marina headed west and had stopped at Isla Corracha for the night to clean the boat bottoms and prepare for the voyage west.

At approximately 1730 on Sunday a piñero with 3 men aboard approached the two anchored yachts asking for water. When one of the crew came back up from below with water, they shot Ken with pistols, and attempted to kill Steve. Details are not precise, but Steve apparently then shot at the pirates with a shotgun killing one and injuring another. Ken was killed in the exchange and Steve was shot in the thigh.

The Guarda Costa was called and responded and the 2 boats returned to Puerto La Cruz. It has been reported by cruisers in PLC that the whole community are in a state of shock and grief and that a large scale exodus of cruisers is probable.

The Venezuelan coast remains dangerous and prudent cruisers would be wise to avoid it for the time being.

This is the 5th shooting incident in Venezuela that has been reported to noonsite this year (plus numerous boardings and thefts). See Piracy Reports 2008 for further details.