From Noonsite– news of a burglary in Upper Phang Nga Bay, Krabi, Thailand and an Armed Boarding in Paluan Bay, Mindoro, Philippines.
Excerpt – ‘This is our 2nd visit to the Philippines and we must emphasise that we have had some wonderful and humbling experiences cruising many islands and visiting local villages across all regions. The local people have always been welcoming, friendly and helpful. Until that night we have never felt unsafe here. We think this was a group of uneducated opportunists and we were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
In reporting this incident we hope not to scare people, or put them off coming here just be wary of people around your boat at night and stay out of that bay.’
Common to both events was the attitude of ‘it is so nice here, nothing bad can happen’ – same with our daily commutes on land. Be aware of your surroundings, be alert to signs that may be present to up your awareness if need be. There is no 100% magic cure – and it is up to you the cruiser/captain to provide your own security measures – someone else will not come to your aid until after the incident has happened.
On a similar note, the SE Asia Cruisers Radio Net – a local radio net is a great source for local news and information – has closed due to lack of demand and poor propagation. I hope someone in the region is taking note and can provide the service.