Cruiser Attacked and Robbed in Colon, Panama

Noonsite is reporting an attack on a cruiser in Colon, Panama that all cruisers in the area should be aware of.

In the first serious incident involving yachts in Colon this year, the s/v African Seawing, anchored at the Club Nautico facility in Colon, was boarded by three men during the night of Wednesday, March 28, the owner tied up and robbed. Frank Peeters, Captain of African Seawing, sent Noonsite the following report:

In the morning of March 28 at around 1:00am, the s/v African Seawing anchored at the Club Nautico facility in Colon was boarded by three unknown brown skinned males of approximately 30 years old. The three robbers reached the vessel apparently by swimming from the shore, since they appeared naked and wet on board (wearing only underpants). I was the only person present on board at that time since my two other crew members had departed for the night with s/v Morning Cloud for a rope handling assignment through the Panama Canal. The robbers entered the boat through the main door and confronted me in my bed shouting “police…police” and demanding “Dinero”. One robber pulled me out of bed and repeated the demand for “Dineiro”. In order to comply, I went to the navigation table to look for my wallet which was no longer there.

They threatened violence if I didn’t present them with my wallet and the keys for the safe. After giving them the keys for the safe, they tied up my hands with electric tie wraps and made me sit down and keep still in the corridor of the port hull. At this time they emptied the contents of the safe and searched the remainder of the boat for valuables.

A while later they tied my legs together with electric tie wraps and a short time thereafter the boat fell quiet and I assumed that the three robbers had left the boat. With difficulty I worked my way up towards the kitchen in search for a knife to cut the ties. After finding a knife and cutting the ties I went outside to look for help and I noticed that the dinghy was gone. In order to raise the alarm, I used the VHF radio to make a distress call on several common channels but I was not getting any replies to my calls. Looking through the mess on the navigation table I was able to locate my mobile and I called 911.

For the complete story, go to www.noonsite.com.

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