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2014-12-17 DATE: 2014-12-15 Country Name: SVG Location Detail: Bequia Princess Margaret Beach EVENT: Attempted Burglary

DATE: 2014-12-15
Country Name: SVG
Location Detail: Bequia Princess Margaret Beach
EVENT: Attempted Burglary
Stolen Items: nil.
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: Sometime between 9 and 10 am the vessel was boarded and a secured hatch was forced open. Person breaking was wet and had fish scales from cleaning a fish prior to boarding. Most likely someone from a kayak or surf board. Luckily person was unable to enter the vessel through the very small hatch and there was nothing of value within arms reach.

2014-12-17 DATE: 2014-11-21 Country Name: Nicaragua Location Detail: SE of Cayos Miskitos EVENT: Chase by Pirates

DATE: 2014-11-21
Country Name: Nicaragua
Location Detail: Cayos Miskitos
EVENT: Chase by Pirates
Stolen Items: None – Chase Unsuccessful
SECURED: N/A
DETAILS: The chaser boat was a 60/70 foot boat in poor condition, with no fishing equipment, We crossed the “pirate ship” course, now less than 200 meters from our stern, remaining ahead. Crew of the pirate boat was in the bow, around the quarterdeck and I saw the hooks on deck, ready to be launched. At that point our speed indicator log begun to score 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 knots. (catamarans can be fast).The pirate ship started to become smaller and smaller. The gloomy figures on the quarterdeck less distinguishable. After just a few minutes the pirates decided to “give up”, changing route again. We decided to stay on a full speed course until we had put at least 10 miles of water between us and them.

2014-12-10 DATE: 2014-12-07 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Soufriere Bat Caves EVENT: Theft

DATE: 2014-12-07
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Soufriere Bat Caves
EVENT: Theft
Stolen Items: Cash
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: Soufriere on St Lucia, next to the Pitons. Boat was boarded in early morning hours while crew was onboard and asleep. Wet footprints on floor in evidence next morning. Wallet on the main salon table had $300 stolen from it.

2014-12-10 DATE: 2014-12-07 Country Name: St. Lucia Location Detail: Soufriere Bat Caves EVENT: Attempted Theft

DATE: 2014-12-07
Country Name: St. Lucia
Location Detail: Soufriere Bat Caves
EVENT: Attempted Theft
Stolen Items: Nothing noticed to date
SECURED: Not Locked
DETAILS: Soufriere on St Lucia, next to the Pitons. We were on a mooring ball next to the bat caves near the town. Boat boys were plentiful, offering services to cruisers. We have always thought them to be helpful…and harmless. We woke to find footprints all over our main salon. Luckily, we had left nothing in plain sight, so nothing was stolen, but we had clearly been boarded. Our neighbors on the next mooring ball were not as lucky. The owner had left his wallet on the main salon table and $300 was stolen from it. The moral of the story is that we should have locked ourselves into the boat when we went to bed…..something we have never felt we needed to do before.

2014-12-08 UPDATE: Arrests Made – Credit Card Skimming in St Lucia – ATM Now Safe

fraudster1CSSN Sources at Rodney Bay Marina (RBM) report that four men accused of credit card fraud were charged December 2, 2014 at the First District Court in Castries.

After lengthy investigations, the perpetrators of the Rodney Bay Marina skimming and cloning of credit and debit cards, have been arrested and are in police custody.

The 1st National Bank, in Rodney Bay Marina (RBM), wish to advise customers that their ATM terminal is no longer compromised.

Read more from St Lucia News Online: Click Here.

To see previous post click here.

 

 

2014-12-05 ARC – CSSN Extends a Warm Tropical Welcome to 176 Boats Sailing Under the Flags of 23 Countries Arriving in the Caribbean

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CSSN – Caribbean Safety and Security Net, extends a warm welcome to the 176 boats, sailing under the flags of 23 countries, with 1020 people, including 27 children aged under 16. They are sailing the route directly to Saint Lucia in this year’s edition of the ARC transocean rally. The cruising division is the largest group of ARC yachts, with 116 boats, and were joined for the second start by 24 multihulls and 6 boats in the Open division.

If you know a newly arrived ARC cruiser or are one, go to the CSSN home page (click here) to get information almost 10 years of cruisers reports about safety and security in the Caribbean. One click gets the 2014 hot spots. Plus an incident report form and a link to subscribe to our email alerts.

We know each captain uses their own experience and training to assess safety and security risks, which is why we offer extensive information about precautions and incidents of crime against yachts in the Caribbean Islands to factor into your own risk decisions.

To all ARC arrivals, we hope you will use our site (click here) to get the information you need to “Know Before You Go” as you enjoy the Caribbean. Welcome from the all-volunteer CSSN – and safe cruising!

Additional ARC information:

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All ARC boats are fitted with YB Tracking satellite trackers, allowing family and friends to follow the fleet from the comfort of home. Follow the ARC boats online using the Fleet Viewer: (Click Here)

Read their at-sea blogs - (Click Here)

2014-12-04 UPDATE: NOAA WX Buoy Retrieved – Station 42059 – Eastern Caribbean Sea – 180 NM SSW of Ponce, PR

UPDATE: NOAA WX Buoy Retrieved – Station 42059 – Eastern Caribbean Sea – 180 NM SSW of Ponce, PR

Station 42059Station 42059 went adrift on 10/13/2014. It has been retrieved but it is no longer  transmitting valid observation data.

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2014-12-01 CORRECTION: Granada Incident of 2014-11-27 Was In Chemin Bay NOT Egmont Harbour

CSSN apologizes for the error. The correct information appears below and in the map above. (the original post has been updated to show the correct information)

 

DATE: 2014-11-27
Country Name: Grenada
Location Detail: Chemin Bay
EVENT: Burglary
Stolen Items: Pepper spray and cutlass.
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: The boat was heavily ransacked. Crew not living aboard for several months.

CSSN Note: Date of incident is approximate.

2014-12-01 DATE: 2014-11-10 Country Name: Grenada Location Detail: Grenada Chemin Bay EVENT: Attempted Burglary

DATE: 2014-11-10
Country Name: Grenada
Location Detail: Grenada Chemin Bay
EVENT: Attempted Burglary
Stolen Items: Nothing taken
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: A small piece of wood was broken off next to each of the padlocks for the two companionways. No one found the the companionway hatches open and it appears that the cabins were not entered. Apparently nothing was taken from the on deck lockers which are unlocked.

CSSN Note: Date of incident is approximate.

2014-12-01 DATE: 2014-10-30 Country Name: Grenada Location Detail: Chemin Bay EVENT: Burglary

DATE: 2014-10-30
Country Name: Grenada
Location Detail: Chemin Bay
EVENT: Burglary
Stolen Items: One or two small items.
SECURED: Locked
DETAILS: The boat was heavily ransacked, but only one or two small items stolen. Crew not living aboard for several months.

CSSN Note: Date of incident is approximate.