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Thursday, June 21, 2007

The pirates of Guyana

Pirates strike off Guyana and take a hijacked boat to Suriname, as reported here. Police interest is alleged to be mild, but the pirates are picky about what ships they want:
Four days after masked pirates seized a large fishing boat named, "Jessica" and used it to load their booty while terrorizing and robbing fishermen in the Berbice River, the boat was recovered on the shores of Suriname.
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Fishermen from that complex and the Rosignol Fisherman's Co-op Society He also said they called the New Amsterdam Central Police Station and were told that only two female ranks were on duty and that they could not locate the captain for the police boat. He said the police eventually went out to sea at 6 pm.

"If they had gone out at the same time that I called them they would have been able to catch the pirates."

But the police in Berbice are refuting this claim and said they went out earlier. They said they would not have waited until 6 pm to go because they would not have seen anything. Limited (RFCSL) told Stabroek News that the attack started on Thursday night and continued until Saturday night. They lost engines, gasoline, cooking gas, large quantities of fish, fish glue and groceries.
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He went to the Springlands Police Station on Monday to make a report but left without doing so after waiting for about two hours.
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He also said they called the New Amsterdam Central Police Station and were told that only two female ranks were on duty and that they could not locate the captain for the police boat. He said the police eventually went out to sea at 6 pm.

"If they had gone out at the same time that I called them they would have been able to catch the pirates."

But the police in Berbice are refuting this claim and said they went out earlier. They said they would not have waited until 6 pm to go because they would not have seen anything.

Meanwhile Pooran, 44, of Number 2 Village, East Canje said he and his four crew members were working around 1:30 pm when three pirates came up to his boat with a gun. He said they put him to lie flat on his stomach while they broadsided a crew member with his [Pooran's] cutlass.

The pirates ordered his workers to discharge a quantity of fish, glue, engine lead and compass into their boat. He said the men told him his engine was too old for them to take and started chopping it with a cutlass. When that did not work they used Pooran's hammer to pound the engine.

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