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post #5 of Old 04-02-2012
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Re: Belize pirate attack

As I mentioned, elsewhere, we have a charter, through Moorings, in May in Belize. We have been in contact with them, with Hotels and with Provisioning companies for our time there. All have shared their concern over this event and believe it to be a one-off event, as there has not been a history of violent crime against foreigners in Belize. Moorings is working with us to establish as 'safe' as possible sailing itinerary and stepping up to provide a few more items on the boat (more air horns, etc) as some security precautions. They are also re-instituting nightly radio check in's for all their boats in the area. The latest 'unconfirmed' reports are that the local Police have apprehended those responsible for this attack. While there are conflicting reports, those responsible appear to be local fisherman and their main target was the dinghy on the boat. There is a report that there were witnesses and that lead to their eventual discovery. We have not changed our plans, but have doubled our efforts to make sure we have all the necessary items for securing the boat and having a great time.

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