Panama, Bahia Nombre de Dios: Armed Assault and Robbery – November 2019

Yachts on passage between Linton Bay and the San Blas sometimes take refuge in this bay, but yachts must be careful and seriously consider the risks of stopping over at Bahia Nombre de Dios. This is the 3rd report of assault/robbery from this bay this year, and the 2nd report this week. This updated first-hand report from CSSN.

Published 3 years ago

As reported by CSSN.

DATE: 2019-11-08 22:00
Country Name: Panama
Location Detail: Bahia Nombre de Dios
EVENT: Assault
Stolen Items: Everything

UPDATED REPORT: This report replaces the prior preliminary report. The victims made contact with CSSN and provided additional details about the event.

A monohull sailing yacht with 4 men and 2 women on board departed Linton Bay, and due to unfavorable conditions made an unplanned stop in Bahia Nombre de Dios, anchoring there at about 13:00 HRS. There were no other yachts present in the bay.

At about 19:00 HRS, just after dark, they were approached and overrun by 8 men who arrived in 3-4 pangas (engineless boats). The men concealed their faces and had handguns (1 semi-automatic and a revolver) and knives. The crew was restrained and for approximately 45 minutes the men stole everything they could – cash, personal devices, boat electronics and gear, clothing, liquor and cigarettes.

After the robbers departed the crew was able to remove their restraints and they returned to Linton Bay and berthed at the marina.

The women were taken to the hospital for evaluation/treatment. Reports were made to the police, CG, port captain, and the home country consular officials contacted.

The Panamanian police began their investigation and have made 6 arrests as of 12 November 2019.

CSSN NOTE: There have been similar incidents reported in this same bay in the recent past. The first occurred in July 2019, and the most recent less than a week prior.

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  1. November 25, 2019 at 3:19 PM
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    sue-richards says:

    Feedback from Russell Goedjen of Shelter Bay Marina, Colon, Panama:

    Recent boarding and assault events in Panama have been widely reported.
    The government is finally taking action on what is a difficult problem. The 6 individuals involved have been arrested. The tourism ministry is taking action and coordinating a program to make the communities in the area aware of the damage these attacks cause.

    We have launched a program to get the Maritime Authorities to set up and man the GMDSS system. This make take several years but it will be a major improvement.

    The marinas are organizing a watch program as well.

  2. November 17, 2019 at 12:45 PM
    mogle says:

    I understand that the President of Panama is personally engaged is this case wanting to show that his country is safe for visitors. Good to see this type of engagement, I hope it is more into this from his side then just political statements.