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2008 - Piracy Round-Up for the Year

By Sue Richards last modified Apr 19, 2010 08:54 PM

Published: 2010-04-19 20:54:50
Topics: Piracy Reports 2008

A Summary of Piracy Reports (including suspicious incidents, theft, robbery and burglary) sent to noonsite during 2008.

Brazil, Belem – January 2008: Armed robbery.

Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – July 2008: Burglary at night.

Caribbean, Dominica, Roseau
June 2008: Yacht burgled at night.
August 2008: Yacht boarded at night.

Caribbean, St. Lucia, Soufriere (off the Bat Caves)
December 2008 (Christmas Eve): Yacht boarded at night and burgled.

Caribbean, St. Vincent, Chateaubelair – June 2008: Armed boarding and robbery. This was the fifth yacht attack in this bay reported to the Caribbean Safety Net for the 2007/8 season.

Corsica – August 2008: Armed robbery of super yacht.

Ecuador, near Punta Pedernales – November 2008: Armed robbery.

Guatemala, Lake Izabal – April 2008: Armed robbery.

Guatemala, Rio Dulce
August 2008: Fatal pirate attack.
August 2008: Two yachts suffered armed robberies near Rio Tatin on the same night.

Gulf of Aden, Somalia
April 2008: French luxury cruise ship hijacked.
June 2008: German couple seized by pirates. Following payment of a ransom, the pair were freed after 41 days in captivity.
September 2008: French couple seized by pirates. Two weeks after their capture, the couple were freed by the French army.

Indian Ocean, Comoros Archipelago, Mayotte – September 2008: Boarding and robbery plus a number of other robberies reported.

Indonesia, Tanimbar Islands, Eastern Moluccas – April 2008: Armed robbery.

Jamaica, Morant Point – July 2008: Attempted boarding & attack.

Nicaragua, Moskito Coast – June 2008: Yacht pursued – possible piracy problem.

Papua New Guinea, Wewak – January 2008: Armed boarding.

Red Sea, Eritrea – April 2008: Yachts pursued.

Solomon Islands, Tulagi – December 2008: 6 boats boarded between August and December, the last 3 were armed boardings.

Sri Lanka, East of Galle – January 2008: Attempted attack by 5 men in a fishing boat with guns.

Sri Lanka – January 2008: Yacht pursued.

Venezuela, Porlamar, Isla de Margarita
January 2008: Yacht boarded, robbed and one crew member shot and wounded.
April 2008: 3 yachts boarded on the same night and 2 had deck gear stolen.
June 2008: Armed robbery in Pampatar.
July 2008: 4 burglaries reported and another at Pampatar.
July 2008: Shooting in the marina at Porlamar.
August 2008: Dinghy theft reported from Rhum Bar dock.

Venezuela, Puerto Santos (4 miles East of Carupano)
April 2008: Yacht boarded.
July 2008: Armed boarding, shooting and robbery.

Venezuela (off NE coast) – July 2008: Armed boarding and robbery.

Venezuela, Central Litoral Coast, Marina de Caraballeda – September 2008: French catamaran robbed and skipper shot dead.

Venezuela, Isla Borracha - November 2008: Fatal pirate attack, skipper shot dead.