Canadian cruiser Milan Egrmajer, 58, of s/v Adena was killed by pirates off the Honduran coast around 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. He and his daughter Myda, 24, were headed from Rio Dulce to the Bay Islands then on to Panama. Thankfully, his daughter survived. They were anchored in Laguna El Diamante, a remote
, beautiful, protected anchorage on the coast of Honduras that provides an overnight stopover between Rio Dulce, Guatemala and Utila, Honduras. My wife and I have overnighted there twice, enjoying the tranquility and sounds of monkeys and birds in the jungle. Each time there were a couple of other boats widely spaced in the anchorage.
This is the second murder of a cruiser in the Guatamala / Honduras area that I know of, the other being Dan Dryden in Lake Izabal, Guatemala in Aug 08, just weeks before we arrived in Rio Dulce.
In both cases it was very likely a case of armed robbery resisted and gone wrong. Every cruiser should consider the possibility of armed robbery, and have a plan. Mine involves lights, sound, and remaining locked in our cabin
. I keep no guns
, but do have wasp spray (very effective for blinding an attacker) in each cabin
. There is no reasoning with a panicky robber holding a gun or a machete, and there is no piece of equipment
on our boat worth our lives.
We offer a prayer for Milan, his daughter and their family
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