Eyes of the Fleet

Eyes of the Fleet

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Caribbean Pirates: "Fishermen in fear"

Reported as "Fishermen in fear" by The Trinidad Guardian:
Pirates who are stealing boat engines from fishermen have been exchanging them for marijuana in St Vincent, sources in the fishing industry are claiming. “The most amount of weed in T+T coming out of St Vincent,” the source said. “We understand these engines are going to St Vincent in return for a boatload of weed.
“These bandits are operating around all the fishing ports in the country and they are linked. “They operate out of one of the main rivers in south Trinidad.” The source said the marijuana is sold on drug blocks throughout T+T. He said while sea pirates have been stealing boat engines for years, the crime has escalated within recent times. The latest attack on fishermen occurred in the Gulf of Paria recently, resulting in the death of three fishermen from San Fernando and Claxton Bay.
T+T refers to Trinidad and Tobago.

A report on the earlier attack that left the three fishermen dead here. As noted in the main link, the act was unusually barbarous since the pirates wouldn't do anything to provide even simple flotation for the fishermen they tossed overboard.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:06 AM

    Great information here. I'm happy to have found this blog. I'm currently working on a research project aimed at compiling a comprehensive reference list of suspicious maritime incidents. The main task is to track individual vessels involved in suspicious activity by their IMO, their flag of operations, and the companies operating them. If you have any suggestions for web resources I can begin checking for daily updates on maritime incident reports, I would much appreciate it! Keep up the good work and I hope to see more.