Cruisers can feel relatively safe in St. Maarten again. There has been a collective sigh of relief by all in the yacht industry in St. Maarten after the arrest of three Dominican men for the grizzly murder of Ludivic Guillevin, a 37-year-old French Caucasian cook from the mega yacht Cheetah Moon, in February.
They have also been accused of the murder of two other men on the half Dutch (Sint Maarten), half French(St Martin) island. Occurring just before the Heineken Regatta in St. Martin, it had cast a pall over the island. St. Martin is a huge base to yachts and many mega yachts. As a result of the murder of Cheetah Moon‘s cook, the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association expressed outrage at the increase in crimes against members of the marine community.
Association Treasurer Lorraine Talmi told the local paper, “This is not the first time nor, do I fear, will it be the last. In fact, this is the second time in a week that a crew member was abducted from the Simpson Bay area. The first one managed to escape, and perhaps that is why, if it is the same gang, the second one wasn’t nearly as lucky.”
For some time there has been serious concern about security on the island – Customs and Immigration Office in St. Maarten used to have a poster warning captains and crews of the dangers of gangs of male youths on the island.
Knowledgeable cruisers, when on the island, have recently remained acutely aware of their surroundings and the circumstances. Precautions included not going anywhere alone after dark, sticking to the more crowded areas, and relaxing only when on the boat or on the beach.
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