Honduras: Yacht in Transit Boarded by Pirates

A yacht travelling from San Andres, Colombia to Roatan, Honduras was boarded by five men who demanded cash and goods from the two sailors onboard.

Published 1 year ago, updated 12 months ago


DATE: 2022-03-18 10:00
LOCATION: Honduras – Offshore
EVENT: Piracy
STOLEN ITEMS:  Cash, binoculars, handheld VHF, old laptop, alcohol and sunglasses.

SECURED: Not Locked


A yacht with two persons on board was transiting from San Andres, Colombia to Roatan, Honduras and passed through a fleet of about 10 small fishing boats, near position 15-16N, 082-50W, 25 miles off the Honduran coast and west of the Media Luna reef. A short time later at about 1000HRS, they were approached by a single open boat with six men onboard and five men boarded the yacht. No weapons were displayed and they were told in Spanish “no guns, no calls, no problem”. The pirates were a mix of young and old, some aggressive, some apparently drunk.

The pirates demanded cash. The crew continued to execute their previously agreed piracy plan and complied quickly and willingly and the pirates were satisfied with the readily available (sacrificial) stash of cash, an old laptop and a few other items (handheld VHF, binoculars, sunglasses, alcohol) .

The five men returned to their launch after about 30 minutes onboard and departed eastward. The yacht continued on to Roatan without further incident.

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