Saturday 7 December, 2019

Fishermen robbed by suspected pirates in Columbus Channel

Police are investigating a report of piracy this weekend in the waters of the Columbus Channel.

According to police reports, around 3:40 pm on Saturday, Marvin Farria and Dexter Simon reported to the Cedros Police Station that they had left the Bonasse fishing port around 2:30 pm the previous day on a fishing expedition.

They were in a white and blue pirogue by the name of "Mr Antonio" and journeyed approximately three miles south-west of the coast of Cedros.

The told police that while they were slacking their net, they were approached by four “Spanish-looking” men in a white and blue vessel.

The men were armed with a firearm and pointed it at the two friends.

While speaking Spanish, the assailants motioned both men to jump off the boat.

The two fishermen became fearful for their lives and jumped overboard and the foreign men escaped with "Mr Antonio" valued at $30,000, two Yamaha 75hp boat engines together valued $60,000, and fishing net valued at $20,000.

The men swam to a nearby pillar where they waited for help.

Around 5:00 pm that day they were rescued by a passing boat and dropped off at the Columbus Beach.

The men made a report to police and were told to seek treatment for the minor injuries they both sustained while climbing the pillar to safety.

More on this as it becomes available.

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