Colombia, Isla Baru : Armed Boarding & Robbery – March 2017

A report by CSSN of an assault on a cruising boat anchored in Baru after arriving from the San Blas Islands.

Published 6 years ago, updated 4 years ago

DATE: 2017-03-15 20:00

Country Name: Colombia

Location Detail: Isla Baru

EVENT: Assault


Stolen Items: Safe, computer, a jar of peanut butter

SECURED: Not Locked


A yacht arriving in Colombia from the San Blas islands of Panama, anchored on the south side of Baru and all crew except the captain took a car to Cartagena to complete their check-in. No other boats were nearby.

At 8 PM a dugout with outboard and 4 men came alongside and asked for a lighter. Then they quickly climbed on board, hit the captain with an oar and a gun and forced him inside the boat, where he was beaten with a machete and tied up.

They ransacked the boat and stole a computer, an entire (unopened) safe, and a jar of peanut butter, and were onboard for about 30 minutes. Injuries did not require hospital treatment, and reports were made to the police and coast guard.

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