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.”
“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.