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Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island


At 8:40pm 3 October sailing vessel Rainbow was anchored off Union Island at Frigate Island (aprox 12 34.9882 N 061 26.2582 W) which is attached to Union Island, St Vincent and the Grenadines when two people aboard Mark and Christina were attacked by machete wilding robbers.

Christina was very seriously wounded with a huge laceration to her face cutting through her cheek and through some teeth.
Mark was also lacerated but was able to reverse the situation.
The vessel Desiderata was monitoring Ch 66, the Grenada Cruisers Net repeater, and Rainbow’s calls for help were passed onto Rescue 1 which operates from Prickly Bay Marina. With Rainbow taking the decision to head to better Medical Help in Carriacou, Grenada, Rescue 1 was able to liaise with Coast Guard, Police and authorities to have the Hillsborough wharf cleared and an Ambulance waiting.
Mark on Rainbow was able to get into Carriacou in just over an hour whilst administering first aid with advice via VHF66 from a nurse aboard SV Bella Blue and Dr Radix from Black Rock medical centre.

Christina is being flown to Grenada Friday morning 4 October, and Mark is bringing the boat down to St Georges.

To make matter worse, after Mark was released from hospital he fell between the wharf and his boat and was further lacerated and went back to hospital for another 7 stiches!

Boats we want to thank for their help last night
We see how important it is to have a radio repeater on VHF ch 66 and to monitor it overnight.


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Union island is not in Grenada. Frigate Island is attached to Union Island and is, as is Union Island, in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Rescue 1 is a private rescue service of the Prickly Bay Marina, Grenada, and is on call 24 hours each day. As well as the rescue vessel it provides excellent liaison between cruisers, Police, Coast Guard, and other Authorities.

VHF Channel 66 Repeater was privately donated to the Grenadian Government and is used by the Grenada Cruisers Net to provide coverage to all Grenadian waters. It can also be received in southern parts of St Vincent and the Grenadines and the northern parts of Trinidad including Chaguaramas Bay. The Grenada Cruisers Net supplies weather, advice, and information on many subjects to help make Cruisers’ stay in Grenada more rewarding. Its broadcast each day at 7:30 AM.


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Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

Very scarey. Glad they survived. Were the attackers caught?

That will definitely affect the tourism business. I chartered there in 2010 and was at Union Island.

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I sleep with my flare gun in the V berth and extra rounds. White Phosphorous vs Machete? Ill take phosphorous.. Should probably move the fire extinguisher to the V-berth too now that I think about it..
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Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

Dang, that is awful... I'm glad they survived...
I hope the authorities catch the trash responsible for that attack.

Haborless, keep in mind that the flare can bounce off the target and burn through your boat - water will not put it out, only make things worse. Using flares for self defense should be limited to shooting your target before they get into your boat. And you should practice before you rely on it. Spear guns can be used as well.
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Dang, that is awful... I'm glad they survived...
I hope the authorities catch the trash responsible for that attack.

Haborless, keep in mind that the flare can bounce off the target and burn through your boat - water will not put it out, only make things worse. Using flares for self defense should be limited to shooting your target before they get into your boat. And you should practice before you rely on it. Spear guns can be used as well.
I think that if one does not wish to use firearms for self defense aboard a yacht, wasp spray is the only viable option. As mentioned, a flare gun is more likely to destroy the boat than an attacker and a spear gun is pretty ineffective in an enclosed space.
On the other hand, wasp spray will shoot a concerted stream around 20 feet and it will disable anyone hit in the face. It is more than painful; it requires professional medical attention, which means the attacker can either go blind or be apprehended by the authorities when getting medical care.
What bothers me the most about these attacks (Bequia, Frigate Island Anchorage, Tobago, just to name a recent few) is that they are happening within tiny communities and yet the police do not seem to be able to identify the attackers, or perhaps they do not wish to?
It is unfathomable to me that the local police do not know the identities of these few violent offenders living in such tiny communities, let alone the persons responsible for the almost daily dinghy thefts throughout the islands.
The safety and security of visitors to some islands has fallen to the business owners and residents (Portsmouth, Dominica and Admiralty Bay, Bequia have established private security groups) as the government officials honestly do not seem to care.
In the seventies, any violence against visitors in general and yachts in particular was not tolerated by the governments of the West Indies, as witnessed by the occasional public hanging for crimes involving violence against outsiders. But I guess the police have to want to catch these criminals before they can be held responsible for their actions?

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Re: Violent attack, Cruisers injured, St Vincent & Grenadines, Union Island

Jeez - that is tragic. Hacking that savagely? Those robbers did not have a good outcome in mind.

How did Mark "reverse the situation"? Any word on that?


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I am in Grenada and have just heard an unconfirmed report that the Union Island police have arrested 3 young men and that they are on their way to the jail on the main island of St Vincent.
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I am in Grenada and have just heard an unconfirmed report that the Union Island police have arrested 3 young men and that they are on their way to the jail on the main island of St Vincent.
Yep, confirmed apprehension of 3 suspects. From Commissioner of Police St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Great news

But they are suspects only and "investigations continuing".


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I like the idea of the wasp spray. Legal anywhere, easy to replenish.
Wasp spray to stop a person is a myth. All it is going to do is piss off the guy with the machete and make him madder.
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I sleep with my flare gun in the V berth and extra rounds. White Phosphorous vs Machete? Ill take phosphorous.. Should probably move the fire extinguisher to the V-berth too now that I think about it..
You must never have seen the video of the guys shooting themselves with flare guns! Even when one of them shot himself in the head point blank it didn't do anything except make some smoke.

Of course if the goal is to start a fire in the boat to made the robber run for it then it may work. So I think your idea of moving the fire extinguisher an excellent idea!
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