Saturday 20 April, 2019

Pirate attack recorded off Trinidad's north coast

The Yacht Services Association of Trinidad and Tobago (YSATT) said it was scheduled to meet with the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) on Monday after a piracy attack was reported over the weekend.

YSATT president Tommy Johnson said in a social media post on Sunday that the attack took place north-east of the Hibiscus platform around 10:30 am on Sunday morning. 

(Photo showing the location of the Hibiscus Platform off Trinidad's north coast.)

Johnson said the incident involved eight men, allegedly of Venezuelan nationality, who attempted to board the vessel. 

Shots were fired, but no one was injured as the vessel evaded its attackers. 

The statement is as follows:

"About 10.30 today April 14th, Sylph, a 55 ft Beneteau sail boat positioned about 15 nm NE of the Hibiscus oil platform was approached by a group of 8 Venezuelans in an attempted piracy attack. The Yacht refused to stop and in heavy seas and high wind took an evasive zig zag course preventing them from boarding."

"Due to the fact that they were unable to board they abandoned their plans and left but fired several shots at the sailboat. No one on board was injured , the boat suffered several bullet holes."

"Sylph is now in Port Louis Grenada meeting with the Coast Guard and officials."

"TTCG is in contact with the Grenada CG and will be meeting With YSATT tomorrow (Monday). As further details become available we will keep everyone informed."

The YSATT is urging all yachting members to file a float plan with the TTCG and to alert the North Post Radio station if travelling in or out of Trinidad. 

"Meanwhile : Please FILE A FLOAT PLAN with the TTCG and call North Post Radio station if you are traveling in or out of Trinidad. Travel in a convoy if possible," the group said. 

In emergencies persons can contact the TTCG's headquarter at Staubles Bay, Chaguaramas on 1-868-634-8824.

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