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Moorings charter catamaran tourists brutally attacked near Belize coast

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This was a truly sad event and devastating for the victims. The area is quite remote and I spoke with some of the other private yachts that had been in the area earlier that day and gone to Placencia for the night. This is a common anchorage for the night and often 2 or 3 boats there
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Wow. I was looking at chartering in Belize in June. Makes me wonder.


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I'd like to see the moorings step up security.

they are in the best position to effect change IMHO.
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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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Hi Ron, I am a full time resident here and will try and verify that info .. I know most of the fishermen here and will check tomorrow. Most of the fishermen here are always helpful so I find this an unlikely answer ... Paul
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Re: Belize pirate attack

Paul,
I find it a bit conflicting as well, as we have heard the same about the local fisherman. There is a town north of Hopkins, were about this took place, that apparently (according to what we have been told) is very poor and having a bad fishing season. But that does not explain the violence.

Any confirmation of their apprehension would be welcome as this incident has certainly caused us and others major concern for our safety in an country once considered the jewel of the western Caribbean.


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Hi, the Town north of there is Dangriga approx 7000 people We don't believe it was locals cause they didn't want BZ $ and that dingy would not be valuable here. The local fishermen are a pretty good crowd and most of them guide in tourist season as that is easier work than fishing so they want tourists not problems. The pelican cayes are pretty remote but well protected from weather. This hasn't been a common thing so hopefully we won't see a rash of these incidents before they are caught .. Paul
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"You have property to sell and I suppose you'd rather not have comments made here or in the Belize print and TV news about some shocking crimes committed on people who have either been very unlucky or they didn't know up front to be wary. C'mon guy!"

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Re: Belize pirate attack

PCP,
I can understand your skepticism, but your comments are not helping us.


Paul,
I am still looking for confirmation that the people responsible have been apprehended, or any new news on this event.

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