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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Latest Piracy Report from ICC Commercial Crime Services (to 15 August 2005)

Located here. Highlights: Continued warning to stay well offshore of Somalia. Otherwise, no major incidents reported, very quiet in Malacca Strait.

Yachtsman injured trying to confront robbers:
05.08.2005 at 1220 LT Laguna Grande, Venezuela.
Three robbers armed with machetes boarded a yacht at anchor and started lowering the dingy. Skipper confronted one robber who slashed him with machete. Robber jumped into water and with his accomplices and started taking the dingy. Skipper pursued them but robbers repeatedly slashed him with machetes causing severe injuries. Skipper's colleague onboard contacted authorities and armed guards arrived and took skipper ashore for hospital treatment. Subsequently, stolen dingy was recovered.
Might be a better idea to call the authorities first and avoid direct confrontation.

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