Masked Gunmen Kill German Sailor on Yacht in St. Vincent

PRIME Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, on Friday expressed “revulsion” at the murder of a German national and the injury of another on board a yacht anchored at Wallilabou Bay in southwestern St. Vincent.

According to iWitness News, they were reliably informed that two armed assailants boarded the yacht around 1:35 am [March 4] and fatally injured a male occupant, said to be around 40 years old.

The captain of the vessel was injured during the ordeal, but Gonsalves did not disclose the nature or extent of his injuries.

Gonsalves, who is also Minister of National Security commented on the crime on radio just after noon on Friday.

“I have seen the other persons who were on the yacht and I have expressed to them our profound sorry 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.

“Our people are not like this in the general way, but you have one or two persons, we have some home-grown criminals and some who come in from overseas who are selfishly and wickedly disturbing the peace and tranquillity of our country, and, in this case, using violence,” he further said.

He said that his government is making all the necessary arrangements to have the other persons, including the injured captain, fly to Martinique Friday evening.

From there, they will fly to France and then to Germany.

“This is a terrible, terrible stain on our country and this criminal act by these two masked intruders disturbing the tranquillity of persons on the yachts, it cost millions of dollars, because we sell peace, security, tranquillity,” Gonsalves  said.

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