Guatemala, Bahia de Graciosa: Attempted Theft & Assault – April 2017

Published 6 years ago, updated 4 years ago

As reported by the Caribbean Safety & Security Net[Broken Link]


DATE: 2017-04-10 22:30

Country Name: Guatemala

Location Detail: Bahia de Graciosa

EVENT: Assault


Stolen Items: Yamaha 4HP – 4 stroke outboard

SECURED: Not Locked



A yacht with 2 persons on board was anchored alone in Graciosa Bay.

On the second night, they were awakened by a noise around 10:30 PM. The captain went to the cockpit and discovered a man was removing his 4HP-4 Stroke outboard from the rail mount, (it was not locked).

A scuffle ensued, and the captain ended up in the water next to the thief’s boat. The thief had a handgun tucked into the front waistband of his pants, but did not remove it. He attempted to hold the captain’s head underwater but was unsuccessful. The captain sustained minor injuries.

After the thief departed the yacht upped anchor and moved about 5 miles to Tres Puntas where 5 other cruising boats were anchored, but none were monitoring VHF.

A report was made to the police, port captain and on the NW Caribbean SSB net the next day.

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