The Growing Threat of Modern-Day Piracy in the Caribbean

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Official warnings and reports of a number of recent attacks are proving that the threat of modern-day piracy in the Caribbean is real—and growing. It can be difficult to quantify the exact number of pirate incidents that have occurred in the Caribbean in the last few years, as some incidents go unreported.

Crews traveling in the area should consider taking appropriate precautions. In recent years, pirate incidents have been reported near:

  • The coast of Venezuela, including the Paria Peninsula
  • The coast of Guyana
  • Trinidad
  • Grenada
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Guadeloupe

Are your vessel and crew safe?

While crews can sometimes deter pirates, the threat shouldn’t be taken lightly. Modern-day pirates in the area are often armed with guns, and deaths have been reported in some attacks. While violent boarding incidents and robbery are the main threats, there are also reports of some pirates taking hostages and asking for grand sums of ransom money. 

Many of the attacks have focused on private yachts and fishing vessels, but some commercial ships have been affected. Attacks on larger ships could become common if the number of pirates in the area continues to grow.

Can I obtain compensation if I was injured in a pirate attack?

If you have been injured in a pirate attack, don’t wait any longer to get help. Our highly skilled and knowledgeable attorneys have experience working with crews who have gone through similar incidents, and we offer a completely free, no-obligation case review for victims of attacks. To learn more, reach out to our office today at 877-724-7800.

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