Shiver me timbers! If you thought pirates were anything like Johnny Depp, think twice. Aaaaaarrrrrggghh!
Orange County boaters were robbed of their booty this month . . . and the pirates still have not been found.
Blimey! Two Dana Point boaters sailing in Costa Rica reported to be attacked by masked and armed pirates who boarded their 50-foot sailboat after dark.
According to The Log newspaper , which covers boating and fishing in Southern California, Bruce Stevens and Clark Nicholson were cruising with Stevens' El Salvadoran girlfriend near Quepos, Costa Rica, around 7:30 p.m. on Oct.15 when about six pirates attacked their Gulfstar sailboat, Two Amigos.
The pillage went accordingly: the boaters, who were anchored off the beach, were below deck watching movies when the pirates--a half dozen masked scallywags armed with pistols and shotguns--pulled up in a water taxi and quietly crept on-board the vessel.
The boaters were tied up and their cash was stolen along with electronics such as cell phones, computers, a radar, a chartplotter, a variety of radios and a copy machine. The estimated value of the stolen booty: $12,000.
Sadly, the sailors have no insurance to cover the theft.
"It appears the ladrones [thieves] were watching us for two days," Stevens tells The Log. "They timed it for a high tide just after dark to strike, so they can reenter the estuary. . . . It appears they live on an island that the police are afraid to enter."
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"We . . . now light the deck up at night, as well as lock ourselves below--like rats--to buy time for a mayday and turn on the ship's horn," Stevens reportedly said.
If you plan on sailing the seas, be guarded and ready for anything--and we're not talking about the charming sexy pirates you once might have imagined.