The U.S.-flagged catamaran SWEET SEA was robbed off Talara, Peru. Robbers, who carried firearms, boarded the vessel and assaulted the crew before they escaped.
The crew issued a distress alert which was received by the authorities at the port. The Coastguard was despatched and detected a boat unloading items at San Pedro beach. On seeing the authorities approach, the suspects fled the area; they left behind fuel and most of the stolen items.
USCG RCC Alameda advised that they did not receive an EPIRB notification. Anyone with further information concerning this incident is asked to contact Eddie@boatwatch.org.
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Pirates assault US-flagged sailboat in Talara Sea
The incident occurred at approximately 10 at night, the Talara Harbor Master’s Office received a distress alert from César Ugaz Castro, a crew member of “SWEET SEA” and immediately activated and deployed the Coast Guard personnel of immediate reaction in police functions maritime, managing to detect a boat with unknown personnel unloading material on San Pedro beach.
Upon noticing the presence of the authorities, the criminals fled for the AA. H H. adjacent; However, it was possible to recover fuel and most of the sailboat’s equipment; and the PNP and the prosecutor on duty were informed, who appeared at the scene of the intervention to carry out the corresponding procedures and confirm the illegal act.
For their part, the captaincy authorities assigned an anchorage to the boat until the receipt of international maritime health and the subsequent delivery of the recovered goods.
El Regional de Piura newspaper