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Pirates of the Caribbean in St. Vincent Shoot German National To Death

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Wallilabou in St. Vincent where the German man was shot by pirates. Photo: roser gibert/Flickr Creative Commons.

KINGSTOWN — The German Foreign Ministry confirmed to The Virgin Islands Free Press on Tuesday that a German man died while on the island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and that three others were also injured.

Local Caribbean media reported that the man who died and those injured were on board a yacht in Wallilabou Bay. At about 1:35 a.m. on Friday, two masked after armed pirates stormed the vessel, Barbados Today reported.

Broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk identified the man who died as sailor “Martin G.” from Sennfeld, Bavaria. The yacht’s captain, who was also German, was injured and the pirates stole cash and credit cards on the yacht.

Martin G., 48, had reportedly been on vacation with his wife and two children.

A German Foreign Ministry spokesman told The Local that German embassies and consulates in the area have been working with local authorities and that those injured are now “out of danger.”

Wallilabou Bay and Falls are popular tourist destinations and several scenes from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed at the scenic location.

St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves expressed “revulsion” about the killing of the German father of two, promising on local radio to write to Chancellor Angela Merkel himself, according to Barbados Today.

“I have seen the other persons who were on the yacht and I have expressed to them our profound sorrow and, on behalf of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, to say to them how sad we are at this event and that they are in our thoughts and our prayers,” he said.

“This is a terrible, terrible stain on our country; and this criminal act by these two masked intruders disturbing the tranquility of persons on the yachts.”

On January 14, two Hispanic men and one black man on a sailboat boarded a yacht off the southern coast of St. Croix and beat, shot and stabbed a French national.

The Virgin Islands Police Department and Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s Government House have officially denied that the incident involving 70-year-old Guy Briffa ever occurred.

But Briffa’s wife was forced to fly from France to collect his vessel Arc en Ciel (which means “Path to Heaven” in French, after the VIPD said the U.S. Coast Guard had the boat when in fact police had impounded it.

Briffa continues to undergo medical procedures for the injuries he sustained in Virgin Islands territorial waters.

The U.S. Coast Guard has stated that the only information it received from the VIPD in January was that a man had been “injured” off of St. Croix.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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