According to information posted on the website “Caribbean Safety and Security Net” at <safetyandsecuritynet.com> the crew was attacked by “Spanish-speaking men”.
The online post from CSSN stated it received “first-hand” information from the captain of the yacht on the incident which occurred near the Trinidad Hibiscus gas platform on December 20.
According to the post, around midday, the crew of three was at work on board the 24-metre (72-foot) yacht sailing from Chaguaramas to Port Louis, Grenada, when near the gas platform, an 18-foot fishing boat with five men boarded their yacht.
The post stated: “The fishing boat had four blue barrels that the crew guessed was extra fuel. They had a 120 horsepower Yamaha outboard engine, and an additional engine laying on the boat’s floor. We were approached from the south astern by the men speaking Spanish, apparently asking for something. Once close to the yacht, one individual pulled out a military-type assault rifle and made it clear they were coming aboard. The crew was held at gunpoint the entire time.