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Old 04-12-2010, 10:45   #16
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Do we know the home port of the skipper?
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Quite possibly St. Catharines (his home), Ontario, Canada.
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Agreed, avoid highly risky countries or cities if you have that choice.
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David, I am not sure your statement is true in the Western Caribbean. We were in Club Nautico in Cartegena in October; of the 40 boats on the dock 3 had been robbed at gunpoint.

I know 100's sailors in Miami, there are 200 boats in my sailing club alone and I do not know of one that has been robbed at gunpoint!
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Milan Egrmajer's 24-year-old daughter, Myda, survived Thursday's attack. Evidently, Myda used a flare gun to scare off the assailants, then remained on the sailboat for several hours until people (Australians) on another boat arrived to help her.
She’s on her way to Belize.
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Angry Thanks for that SV Adena link

That sailor has some great photos and video of his cruising adventures. He has great shots of Rio Dulce too. What a shame. Glad his daughter got out of there alive. I noticed that some guy from Honduras left a message on the newspaper web site saying that Honduras has become very dangerous. He said Guatemala and Costa Rica are safer. I have spent a lot of time in both those countries and they are past my comfort level. Last time I was in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica I almost got mugged by two guys but fortunately, a Tico warned me just in time as they were making their move to jump me.
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That sailor has some great photos and video of his cruising adventures. He has great shots of Rio Dulce too. What a shame. Glad his daughter got out of there alive. I noticed that some guy from Honduras left a message on the newspaper web site saying that Honduras has become very dangerous. He said Guatemala and Costa Rica are safer. I have spent a lot of time in both those countries and they are past my comfort level. Last time I was in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica I almost got mugged by two guys but fortunately, a Tico warned me just in time as they were making their move to jump me.
I got jumped in the USA nations capitol not robbed just 3 guys who wanted to beat on someone. 4 times in usa Ive had guns pointed at me 3 times by police or Secret service. Not going into them all but my appreciation to the officers that chose not to shoot me. Once walking a dog in ft lauderdale. Dog is swimming with a retractable leash I have the barrel and trigger release gripped like a hand gun against my stomach. I spin around as multiple cars and officers with hand guns scream at me. It could happen any where stillI think **** its sad and my tears are for the family.
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I think just stay away from uncivalised countries no matter how nice the cruising is..
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From his website it looks like he got to see some beautiful spots in his journey. I've been to few of them myself. Sad that his sailing days came to such a tragic end so soon.
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I think just stay away from uncivalised countries no matter how nice the cruising is..
Well said. If the safe factor is too heavy for some people... just stay away. Avoid it like you avoid a bad neighborhood in Detroit or Gary Indiana.
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We learned about this incident the following afternoon when we were at the Port Captain's office in Puerto Cortes. He was pretty disturbed about it and gave us some warnings. He encouraged anchoring where there are other boats present and not trying to resist if you are boarded. He was of the opinion the crime was perpetrated by fishermen out of Tela. When the daughter called the weather was too bad for the officials to enter the lagoon, but by the time we talked to him the Navy/Police were there investigating and he was convinced the men would be caught. I think he believed what he was saying, for whatever that's worth.

Pretty scary stuff, last month we were anchored there too.
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I think just stay away from uncivalised countries no matter how nice the cruising is..
From what I read in my daily news scans, the number of uncivilized countries seems to be increasing daily. I can't think of a single country where the economy is doing ok, and the people aren't starting to crumble under the pressure. The first world nations are still pretty good bit the 2nd and 2rd world is starting to come unraveled.

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I wonder what it is about tropical climates that seem to bring out the criminals... I mean you don't hear about hijackings and murders on yachts in Norway, Canada, Japan... but look at Indonesia, Somilia, Venezula, Honduras... draw a line... this incident is very sad indeed... not that rich of a boat either... poor daughter...
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My friends boat was boarded while and his wife were asleep aboard in Baltimore.
The thieves got away with wallets, creditcards, purses
At one of the "premier marinas". Crime there has been on the upswing Flat screen TVs, and electronics.

In boatyards the big theft item are swim ladders.....for the scrap value
One yard that I went to, had ten stolen on Thanksgiving Day
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Here is a fuller report with more details out of my hometown paper.
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