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In the last 10 days there have been reports of two incidents of piracy against sailing vessels in the waters between Trinidad and Grenada. Both took place in daylight and involved local (assumed Venezuelan) 18-20 ft pirogues with very powerful outboard engines (120-130 HP). Each craft had 5 or 6 pirates aboard, several of them armed with assault rifles and each craft carried a spare powerful outboard and additional fuel in barrels.
In each case the sailing vessel was boarded by armed pirates and the boat ransacked for valuables. Stolen items included cash, passports, boat papers, cell phones, computers, other electronics and clothing. Fortunately, there were no injuries or loss of life. Reports of each incident are attached as well as a report of a meeting of the Yacht Service Association of Trinidad and Tobago (YSATT)which contains Coast Guard advice on communications and passage planning. Please consult this advice if sailing in these waters. Also, please log in to the OCC Caribbean SSB Net for updates.
OCC Port Officer Trinidad Jesse James is heavily involved with the TT Government, TT Coast Guard, YSATT and other bodies to combat this threat.
I am making representations to the TT Government on behalf of the OCC.