Fiji, Suva: Armed attempted robbery – cruiser attacked – January 2017

A number of cruisers who know Jim contacted Noonsite to report this incident.

Published 7 years ago, updated 5 years ago

Jim Van Cleve, a single-hander and long term Fiji cruiser, was attacked at anchor on board his boat Kalokalo in Suva, Fiji on January 25, 2017, at 11 pm.

Jim defended himself but received severe lacerations to both hands.

The authorities in Suva have caught one of the perpetrators and it is believed it is just a matter of time before catching the other.

Jim e-mailed noonsite with this report of what happened:

While anchored in Walu Bay, Suva Harbor, Fiji on the night of  23 Jan 2017, I was boarded, attacked and robbed by two thugs armed with a cane knife.

The thugs who attacked me were practised and knew what they were doing, repeatedly asking me where the “big money was hidden”, while torturing me. BTW, my “big money” is in Westpac Bank.

A heads up, parts of Fiji are not as safe as they once were.

I am a resident of Fiji with a Fiji registered yacht. I love Fiji and see this as a troubling aberration, hopefully, limited to 3-4 bigger cities.

Jim Van Cleve

SY Kalokalo, 1968, P35


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