Perhaps we were somewhat premature in our previous post when we pooh-poohed superstition and set sail on Friday 13th November……
Who knows, but unfortunately we finally experienced one of our worst fears, when we were recently boarded and robbed at gun & knife point in the middle of the night in Taganga Bay, Colombia last Wednesday 25th November.
The good news is we’re here to tell the tale and whilst the trauma of being robbed, attacked and tied up in our floating home will take some time to recover from, this attack could have been a whole lot worse.
Before we go into any great detail, we would just like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has reached out to us since we first posted about the attack on Facebook soon after it happened. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, support and offers of financial assistance from friends & family all around the world, and even from people we don’t know! Whilst this certainly is a huge financial blow to us, there are many, many far more deserving causes out there, but we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We are writing reports for the anti-Piracy networks and, as soon as they are published, we will add the links in here, so you can read up further if you so wish. But for now we just want to get word out there that we are safe & well. We sailed overnight Thursday from Santa Marta to Cartagena and we have friends assisting us to replace urgent needs such as our Outboard engine, laptop computer and navigation programmes.
More to come soon……
Report posted on Caribbean Safety & Security Network CSSN. We have since realised further cash is missing, some €, £ & Australian $, all were together in the drawer containing my jewellery (value of jewellery was approx 1/3 of total value of items stolen). Values stated are our cost values, some items were 2nd hand, the stated value of $20,000 is not replacement value, which we anticipate would be much higher, but i have no intention of buying any more decent jewellery for slimeballs to steal from me….. Also note the CSSN and Noonsite links at the bottom of this report to the assault & robbery in 2012, which appears almost identical to our incident. The response to that report suggests the authorities would do all in their power to prevent any future incidents. Sadly very little seems to have changed & we do not recommend going to Taganga. If you, like us, prefer to anchor rather than go into marinas, then please anchor in Santa Marta at night, not Taganga or head straight to Cartagena. There is also a link to a very positive report on Taganga in the report.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our dear friends John & Jen on SV Aeeshah, who insisted we relocate to the marina and went guarantor for our stay and also helped by loaning us some cash and giving us a watch each & a camera to use. I am pleased to hear that the marina have now informed John & Jen that they will cover the cost of our stay. Thank you Santa Marta Marina!
Reports of our incident now published on:
Noonsite – please note that the comment regarding the marina in Santa Marta being the only safe place to stay came from noonsite, not from us.
Caribbean Compass – Eric’s letter regarding our robbery was published in the January edition of the Caribbean Compass. You can find it on pages 46 – 47.