American Cruisers Assaulted Near Bocas del Toro

A pair of armed and dangerous assailants brutally attacked an American couple last night aboard their sailboat anchored in the “South Anchorage” of the Bocas Marina, next to Isla Colon in the province of Bocas del Toro in the Republic of Panama. The attack started after midnight last Sunday. The assailants pulled up next to the couple’s sailboat at 1:00 am early in a typical Panamanian wooden cayuco, boarded the sailboat, held the couple at gunpoint and tied them up. They ransacked the boat and stole everything of value, including cameras, electronics, a computer, cash and jewelry. The attack lasted at least two hours, during which time the victims were assaulted and brutalized. The victims were finally able to put out a call for help on the radio at 3:30 am after the assailants had left.

Dinghy Recovered: The assailants took the sailboat’s dinghy when they left. After dawn, someone spotted a dinghy floating free off of the coast of Isla Carenero. Someone swam out and recovered the dinghy. It’s possible the assailants took the dinghy in an attempt to keep the victims from being able to leave their boat, and they simply abandoned it near Isla Carenero as they made their escape in their own cayuco.

Police Report Filed: The victims have filed a complaint with the National Police in Bocas del Toro. The woman was taken to the hospital.

A Possible Earlier, Related Attempt? There is a report that some would be assailants – possibly these same two men – tried to board another sailboat at 10:30 pm on Saturday, July 7th. Reportedly, these would-be victims were able to “repel” that boarding attempt, and nothing else happened.

Courtesy of Don Winner and Panama-Guide.com.

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