Police to release statement on robbery of tour bus with 50 tourists

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Police to release statement on robbery of tour bus with 50 tourists
Celebrity's Eclipse cruise ship.
Celebrity’s Eclipse cruise ship.

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has indicated today that it intends to release a statement on the robbery of tour bus with about 50 tourists at Botanical Gardens in Soufriere on Friday.

Reports reaching St. Lucia News Online are that masked gunmen robbed the tourists of cash and jewelry.

The tourists were from Celebrity Cruise line’s Eclipse vessel which is a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Local tourism officials have since responded to the incident.

Tourism Minister Lorne Theophilus described the incident as an “unfortunate and a horrible scenario” while St Lucia Tourist Board Chairman Mathew Beaubrun called it a “rare incident”.

The Telegraph newspaper in the United Kingdom said Celebrity Cruises confirmed that 55 passengers and two crew members were visiting the Botanical Gardens in Soufriere on Friday when the incident occurred.

The newspaper said the trip was one of the shore excursions in St Lucia offered to passengers making the two-week cruise holiday on board the vessel Celebrity Eclipse.

Contrary to reports by tourism officials that no one was hurt during the incident, the Telegraph reported that a member of the internet forum Cruise Critic, currently on the same voyage, claimed a woman had fallen and broken her leg during the robbery.

“We are on the Eclipse,” they wrote. “Yesterday we were ported in St. Lucia. One of the ship tours was robbed at gun point by three masked gunmen. We were not on the tour, but friends were. They said one woman fell and broke her leg; no one else was injured. All their money and jewellery were taken.”

However, a spokesman for Celebrity Cruises denied anyone had been hurt, according to the newspaper.

He told the Telegraph: “The affected guests have been contacted by our Guest Care Team to offer assistance, if necessary,” they said. “We are thankful that none of our guests were injured in this unfortunate event, and will continue to provide them any support they may need.”

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  1. This is crazy why would these people choose to rob tourist when tourist is what make St lucia, i sure know i wont be going there anytime soon these low life people need to go find a job and stop robbing people, sitting down and blaming the system, there are so much land spaces for them to go and do something constructive with there time people in the St lucia feel like people abroad has life easy we work hard for whatever we want now the same can apply to all u low life who choose to rob hard working people... its just soo sad these fool need to feel the real way since they are thugs they need to be hung by there balls let them tough that pain out.. Everyone in this generation is choosing to go the fast way to get rich and not thinking futurestic...go back to school and find a job u loosers and stop giving the country a bad name fools like that really need to be put out not what purpose are they to society, nothing but a bloody distraction.. my let them pay break a leg a day and chop off there d-ck and move to there fingers..

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  2. There we are once again in the news this time trust me it is going to be on all the crew ships news.....they need to take them to the field and shoot them

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  3. I have a message for DOC What a load of crap how can you blame tourism and the Goverment for the low life robbers who prey on people, who have spent their hard earned cash on a cruise stopping at our beautiful island. I am sure that you are aware that Saint Lucia rely heavyly on tourism on foreign aid. Please be careful because bad news travel and it could potentialy harm us so please give up up the low life PEST that are harming us and tourism alike.

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  4. There is no surprise here, crime is global. It's just that the level of crime and the creativity behind it is too much for St.Lucia. The thugs are ruthless, and does not give a damm who their target is, they are very selfish and disrespectful. So when they choose a behavior they choose the consequences, if they are the ones behind such dispicable crime I say lock them up and let a blind person throw away the keys.

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  5. Another reason why I'm so glad we've decided not to go back to Lucia this year. After living there, I've seen plenty and have lost 2 close family members to violence, robbery. Better I spent my hard earned money in Europe.

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    • Remember crime is global. Ha ha have fun in Europe, it's your money you can spend it where the hell you want more power to you.

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  6. St. Lucia is definitely in the news right now, especially with all over the celebrity news as of late. Some people heard of St. Lucia for the first time from news of the famous wedding, which was good free PR for the country. I've read news articles from all over the world about St. Lucia in the past 2 weeks. Now with this robbery... the very same people who were recently inspired to visit the Island may think twice. Hats off tothe Soufriere Police officers that were quick to act.

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  7. It is sad that this should happen, the experience is not good but better can be done, we cannot blame the government for everything that goes wrong. We know that we have had these experiences in the past, those who own the tours should provide security for the areas for that day, it can be done, not one security but more than one even if it means that we increase the prices for the tours so security can happen, sometimes we are so cheap we try to cut cost, when we know very well that it has happened in the past.The tour companies should get trained persons for their business.People feel safe when there is security around.

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  8. This is sad and just an embarrassment. There are lines not to cross and the robbing of tourist is one. This will affect travel to the island affecting the entire livelihood of all.

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  9. If the government attended to the needs of the poor and unemployed in St.Lucia and stopped spending so much money on Tourism this wouldn't happen. St.Lucia likes to paint a pretty picture to hide the mess that is really happening on the island. The government likes to cover the dirt of the country and ignore the fact that it's people are suffering. If you will not feed your children they will steal. I know it's wrong but if they have no other means, and no social aid God knows they will find a way. I love my country but I hate the bullshit that St.Lucia is structured on. Only the rich and the fortunate are presented with opportunities.

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  10. I'm very sad to hear this. I've visited St. Lucia twice and had planned to return next year. Now I think I'll wait. If I can't feel safe on my holiday, I will go elsewhere. St. Lucia is so beautiful and the people are so wonderful. It's a shame that this is happening. I guess we're not really safe anywhere anymore. Sad.

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  11. Google 'st Lucia' in the news.. It's everywhere! Look this is what people are seeing of the country right now! Hang them robbers. They've just cost you thousands of dollars!!

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  12. That's really troubling for the country...find the thieves and destroy them...to hell with their civil rights...their acts are as good as treason...trying to mess up the country's name...how you want to rob tourist and other folds for what they worked hard for? That's why u always walk with a concealed and deadly weapon to protect my belongs and self...you never know when some lazy bastard gonna jump you and most times help is never there...prison not fit for thieves...send them and mash up rocks

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  13. I visited there myself recently, had a great day. Another massive piece of bad news for Lucia following on from all the recent homicides. Thousands reading the Telegraph and other of the tourists' papers will be appalled.

    News travels fast these days. St Lucia needs to fix up sharp.

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  14. As a st.lucian, I am embarrassed that this is the impression that has been made about my country.That people will question how safe it is to visit because apparently a trip to a nature site can turn life threatening and chaotic simply due to the greed, stupidity and disrespect of a handful of people. Why persons don't want to WORK for their money, or EARN a living instead of taking from those who do, I will never understand.

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    • THE DOC WHY DON'T YOU PROOF READ AFTER TYPING YOUR CRAP. IT IS BLAME AND NOT BLAIM. YOU ARE SO QUICK TO TYPE RUBBISH ABOUT BLAME LABOUR PARTY. YOU YOURSELF MUST BE A THIEF.

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