ANTIGUA SAILING CRISIS AFTER FATAL SHOOTING
Wednesday February 4th, 2009
Following outrage at the shooting of Australian ship’s captain Drew Gollan in Antigua it has been reported that sailors are leaving the island in droves; many heading for St Marteen, Nevis and St. Barts. Organisers of the 42nd Antigua Sailing Week, the largest regatta in the Caribbean, have stated that many are ‘turning their back on the preparation for the event.’
It is also believed that remaining cruising sailors have decided to take action themselves in the battle against the burgeoning violent crime-wave on the island and have set up their own Caribbean Safety and Security Net. A recent meeting organised by the police resulted in shouting and swearing as yachtsmen became angry at the local security force for not doing enough about the situation.
However the latest reports from Antigua state that a man has been arrested and charged with the shooting of Captain Gollan and his partner (who was injured during the attack) and will appear in court tomorrow. 21-year-old Sylvester Lyndsey was one of four people interviewed about the shooting, the other three, two men and a woman are still assisting police in their investigations.
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