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Husband killed as he defends his wife from yacht robbers in St Lucia

Once again violence sends terror through the cruiser's websites;
Husband gunned down as he defends his wife from yacht robbers in St Lucia: Couple attacked during year-long sailing trip to celebrate her 60th birthday | Mail Online
Very early and sketchy information at this time, but as we are in St. Lucia right now, it will be interesting to see how this government handles yet another horrific attack on yachties, in the Windward Islands..
Dozens on the various island cruiser's net websites are vowing never to go, or return to, St. Lucia. Already yacht traffic appears to be at less than 1/2 of last year, so this may be a death knell for many small island businesses that rely on the yachts for their livelihood.
I suppose this will create some long sailing trips, as so many were already afraid to visit SV&G, and now St. Lucia, on their way to Grenada.
Our condolences go out to Margaret Pratt and her family.
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More sad news from such an otherwise wonderful place in the world..

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Man that sucks. Condolences.


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truly terrible news. Nobody deserves to go that way

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This is absolutely tragic but will continue The average income in St Lucia is about 6k per year. Poor criminals see rich yachts as easy targets.
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re: Husband killed as he defends his wife from yacht robbers in St Lucia

I seriously doubt these criminals rob tourists just to survive. No need to rationalize crime, especially that horrific.
What a sad ending to the cruise of their dreams.
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Forced to stay an extra day and...

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Mr Innocent said yesterday: ‘We do not know the full facts about this case yet. We are trying to ascertain what happened and then to get to the bottom of it.'
This saddens me... not sure if Innocent, is innocent


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I was in St. Lucia five years ago for a Diving/Hyperbaric Medicine seminar. I never felt safe anywhere outside the hotel and I would never go back. The disconnect between abject poverty in the local population and superfluous wealth of cruisers and tourists was just too striking. I just felt like a target all the time and I am not an inexperienced traveler.
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Forced to stay an extra day and...



This saddens me... not sure if Innocent, is innocent
But we should presume him innocent until found otherwise, unless you have new info... so maybe crass humour is more witless than witty, okay? The good guys took out one of the bad guys- Kudos to Mr. Innocent's side.

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This is absolutely tragic but will continue The average income in St Lucia is about 6k per year. Poor criminals see rich yachts as easy targets.
OK, everybody, let's just get a few things straight here.
St Lucia is not the good old USA. 6k income, in a country where one doesn't pay income or property taxes, where medical care is free, where one doesn't own or need a vehicle (excellent and CHEAP public transportation; less that a US dollar from Rodney Bay to Castries), where fruit grows on the trees in one's yard, and food is very, very cheap (we got skinless, boneless chicken breasts last time we were in Vieux Fort for EC$5.00 a KILO; that's US$0.93 a pound!), is certainly NOT poverty level.
As we understand it at this time, they were not "Forced to stay an extra day and..." but the customs officer in Soufriere did not come to work (a family emergency or he was sick, etc. we don't know yet??) so they continued on to Vieux Fort hoping to check out there, possibly arriving too late to checkout?
The weather has been pretty calm, so it's also a possibility that these fellows were in fact smugglers from another island who thought they'd try their hand at robbery, again, we don't know yet.
As for being afraid to leave your hotel room in St. Lucia, this is not an inner city US city. The local population is extremely friendly and nonthreatening. Everybody says good day or good afternoon and is helpful and few of them, if any (we've never encountered any unfriendly islanders here) dislike visitors, whether on yachts, cruise ships or are staying at the many great hotel/resorts on the island. We frequently use local transport and travel to "the big city", Castries, with absolutely no thought that we might be in danger.
We should not condemn a whole island for an incident which is still very early in the investigative stages.
I've been coming to St Lucia since the late 70's and never heard of anything like this happening on this island. We love it here and this will not deter our returning. Just like the incident in Union Island, it is an isolated incident, unlikely to be repeated. St. Lucia relies almost entirely on tourism and the perpetrators will be caught and punished, without a doubt. Cross it off your itinerary if you wish, but you will be missing one of the friendliest and most interesting islands anywhere in the world; your loss.
BBC update; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25797968

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