Fishing vessel, Lilly3, with six crew members and the captain on board was hijacked and robbed by a team of six pirates, just off the Number 63 beach around 3:00am yesterday.
The captain said that the men, one armed with a handgun and the other five with cutlasses, pulled up to his boat with an outboard fishing vessel and asked for the ‘captain’. He recalled that immediately after identifying himself as the captain the six crew members were ordered to lie face down in the front of the boat.
Kaieteur News understands that the pirates then hopped from their vessel and began “broadsiding” the crew members while making demands.
The crew men all shared the same fate. When it was over they were grateful to have survived the ordeal which lasted for about 35 minutes, alive.
The men said that the only thing that was going through their minds was if they were going to be tied up and thrown overboard. They said that they knew that pirates normally take such drastic actions when carrying out such acts.
One crew member, Lorenzo, said, “I was wondering if they were going to kill us, or tie us up and throw us overboard.
Vijay, another crew man, said, “I was hoping and praying that nobody got wounded. Them man does come fa tek wha them want and throw you overboard.”
Sixty pounds of glue, 1500 pounds of fish, groceries, three gas bottles, four cellular phones and a navigation system were carted off by the men who also incapacitated the vessel by throwing two buckets of water into the engine and chopped a few fuel lines before fleeing.
Out to the mercy of the tides the men were able to reattach the fuel lines and restart the engine before making their way to Georgetown to the Ruimveldt Wharf.
The owner of the boat, Mark Ramjit, said that this is the first time that his vessel has been attacked.
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