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Brazil: Amazon River - Armed Robbery by Pirates

By Sue Richards last modified Apr 19, 2010 11:36 AM

Published: 2010-04-19 11:36:55
Topics: Piracy Reports 2009

Posted on 2009-10-29

In the last week of July 2009 a tourist vessel was raided by pirates and the passengers robbed on the Amazon River.

Aqua Expeditions, river boat expedition operators, who run luxury tours on the Amazon announced that the MV Aqua, its Amazon river cruise ship, was boarded by six armed bandits who robbed passengers of money and valuables.

There were 24 passengers and 21 crew members onboard at the time of the incident. The incident lasted less than an hour and nobody was hurt.

The remoteness of the Amazon means that other attacks may have been under-reported, if they were on local vessels.

Other reports have indicated that there are armed pirates operating on the river, who are better equipped than the police and sometimes pose as police to dupe their victims.