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Old 18-10-2010, 15:22   #1
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Piracy in Costa Rica

s/v Two Amigos boarded by pirates in Costa Rica.

Here is the the latitude 38 link with details.

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Old 18-10-2010, 20:03   #2
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Not a nice story at all



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Old 18-10-2010, 20:42   #3
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need an end to that before it turns into another somalia
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Sounds like opportunist's with a fishing boat. Surprising that they dared to do it in front of a resort. And that they were that heavily armed. I thought gun ownership was restricted in most SA countries?
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Sounds like opportunist's with a fishing boat. Surprising that they dared to do it in front of a resort. And that they were that heavily armed. I thought gun ownership was restricted in most SA countries?
gun ownership restrictions = fewer guns

gun ownership restrictions does not equal no guns
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gun ownership restrictions = fewer guns in the hands of law abiding citizens because they obey the law. criminals by definition don't pay much attention to laws
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gun ownership restrictions = fewer guns in the hands of law abiding citizens because they obey the law. criminals by definition don't pay much attention to laws
That's silly. Law abiding citizens can easily buy guns under restrictive licensing. They just can't walk down to the local fair and buy a Steyr TMP with a few extra clips for happy hour like they can in some less restricted jurisdictions.
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Very sad story...It seems that no country in or bordering the Caribbean is now offering a completely safe destination. In a similar thread some time ago I suggested the need for us to create some easy accessed and simple to use vehicle whereby cruisers and local sailors could offer/post alternative safe anchoring suggestions in these countries and highlight current likely difficult/ less safe places.

I sadly feel that my orignal suggestion has now become an imperative.

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From: Act of piracy, SV TWo Amigos Pac coast Costa Rica - BoatBanter.com


Date: Friday, October 15, approximately 7:30 P.M. local time.
Location: anchorage off Quetos, Costa Rica

Bruce Stevens and two others aboard vessel were belowdecks
watching a movie when 6 or more individuals armed with
shotguns, handguns and knives quietly boarded the vessel.
All electronics, including computers, radar, nav equipment,
transceivers, pactor modem and cell phones were taken along
with some cash. THe vessel's dinghy was also stolen but was
recovered some time later.

Cruisers in the area might wish to be aware that Stevens and
his companions believe that the perpetrators had been
surveiling them for about 48 hours previous.

Those interested in more information can contact Bruce
Stevens, ki6mbq.
BRUCE M STEVENS
24282 URDULA CIRCLE
EL TORO, CA 92630
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After dark, not in a safe marina, companionway shut and latched from inside, Mossberg pump or loaded pistol within hand's reach. Then enjoy the evening. Keeping a firearm ready in case it is needed is not a big deal once you are used to it. I keep a loaded pistol close to me covered with a hand towel on a table or counter top. I know it's there, I know how to use it and I tell guests not to pick up that towel because there's a pistol under it. Yes, it's something to keep an eye on and you need to be responsible about it, but it's a lot easier to sleep at night knowing it's there. Panama and Costa Rica are pretty good about permits for weapons. I believe Panama is looking them closer now after an incident involving firearms used by some Guatemalans last year. They were talking about not issuing more permits to foreigners, but I'm not sure if they ever changed their procedure.
Not to get into the gun argument please. I read a blog written by a trans-navigator who was approached by a skiff in a pirate area. The occupants motioned for him to invite them aboard for a drink and reached to grab onto his boat to pull themselves alongside. He shook his head and raised his pump shotgun, motioning them away. They then returned to the larger sailing craft which had been towing the skiff and shadowed him for some time. Finally, they decided to look for easier pray and left. He said that anyone cruising the open sea without a weapon is crazy and quoted a Freighter Captain a saying that anyone who approaches your vessel at sea is your enemy. Not sure I agree with all that strictly, but worthy of consideration as the source had actually had a close encounter.
Again, it's a question of where you are at and weighing the risks.
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Re: Piracy in Costa Rica

crazy. i just got back from costa rica. went through quepos on foot, wasnt cruising around there. seemed trashy but the people i met seemed fine enough.

very surprised to hear that, sorry about your luck.
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