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Papua New Guinea: Madang - Nightime Boarding & Burglary

By Sue Richards last modified Aug 03, 2011 03:09 PM

Published: 2011-08-03 15:09:37
Topics: Piracy Reports 2010
Countries: Papua New Guinea

SY MOANA arrived in Madang on 30 August 2010 and anchored at 5°12'437 S and 145°48'337E in 17 meters in front of the Madang Yacht Club.

We checked in with Customs and Immigration as a crew member was flying out to Indonesia (was always seasick).

On 2 September at midnight I was sleeping, I heard some noise and went on deck. Two dark figures jumped overbord. I called on VHF 16, no answer. I fired a Red flare.

The dugout canoe was tight to the starboard side of the yacht. I cut the line to let it drift away. I thought I had chased the robbers away, but climbing down below I found that alot of items had been stolen, including a computer and other stuff.

Next morning the launch from Sir Michael Bromley, a resident, whose big motoryacht was robbed some time ago, took me to the police to report the incident. Nothing has happened after his report.

The police were angry that I gave a warning shot in front of another approaching dugout canoe. They said: ~"You should have killed these guys immediately". A report was written. The promised copy per e-mail never arrived.

I am sorry to write very late, but better late than never.

Jens-Uwe Haase
Yacht Moana