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Thought they would be murdered: Canadians among cruise passengers robbed during St. Lucia excursion
National Post ^ | 13/04/17 | Adrian Humphreys

Posted on 04/18/2013 8:58:44 AM PDT by george76

Four Canadians on a ground excursion during a Caribbean cruise thought they were going to be killed when four masked gunmen with homemade shotguns and pistols ambushed them in a lush botanical garden retreat, fellow passengers say.

About 60 tourists and three guides were systematically searched at gunpoint and robbed of their money, jewelry, cameras and cellphones on Friday.

They were then ordered to march forward, during which they feared they would be shot in the back, but instead the gunmen slipped away into the foliage

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The victims were on a shore excursion from the cruise ship Celebrity Eclipse, which was anchored in the sheltered harbour of Castries, St. Lucia’s capital.

Cruise guests taking two shore excursions traveled together by bus for the one-hour trip down the coast to Soufrière, the old capital when the island was a French colony.

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TOPICS: Canada; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: caribbean; castries; cruise; cruises; multicuturalism; stlucia
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‘Thought they would be murdered’: Canadians among cruise passengers robbed during St. Lucia excursion

1 posted on 04/18/2013 8:58:44 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76
four masked gunmen with homemade shotguns and pistols

1. It's a shame concealed carry is not valid on a cruise ship or on St. Lucia. I'd take a Glock in the hands of a trained shooter over a homemade zip-gun any day.

2. I'm beginning to wonder if cruise travel is going to drop off because of robberies like this and the ongoing pattern of Carnival Cruise mechanical issues.

2 posted on 04/18/2013 9:03:50 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: george76

Did the bandidos have their inter-galactic background checks done prior to committing the act? If they had, they would have had to resort to using machetes.


3 posted on 04/18/2013 9:04:09 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: george76

Suspects probably not St. Lucian residents. This event ends their tourist-based economy. Locals would skin perps alive for this.


4 posted on 04/18/2013 9:04:18 AM PDT by Tugo (Never Submit!)
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To: Pollster1

Are you saying you would feel safer with the perps than with carnival? LOL!


5 posted on 04/18/2013 9:05:17 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: rktman
This same thing happened in Mazatlan, Mexico last year;

Bus trip off the cruise ship. Driver drove the bus into a blind alley.
Gunmen got on the bus and took all cash and jewelry from the passengers.

6 posted on 04/18/2013 9:18:30 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: george76
St. Lucia is one of my favorite stops, the cleanest island in the Caribbean.

The only island I am concerned about safety is Jamaica.

7 posted on 04/18/2013 9:22:08 AM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: razorback-bert

Is St. Lucia British owned?

I feel safe in Bermuda that’s it for now.


8 posted on 04/18/2013 9:27:08 AM PDT by angcat
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To: razorback-bert

I agree about Jamaica and St Lucia. St Lucia is my favorite island and has lovely people. I have been there twice and always felt safe. I hate to hear this.


9 posted on 04/18/2013 9:35:03 AM PDT by Montanabound
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To: Tugo

—Suspects probably not St. Lucian residents. This event ends their tourist-based economy. Locals would skin perps alive for this.—

Could this theory be applied to Chicago as well?


10 posted on 04/18/2013 9:37:20 AM PDT by benasawin
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To: angcat

It was French, but didn’t suffer like Haiti.


11 posted on 04/18/2013 9:38:11 AM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: Montanabound

I would pick Curaçao, with St. Lucia second, Aruba leaves me cold.

I am going to Bermuda in June for the first time.

In the western Caribbean, Rotan is my favorite, going there again in February.


12 posted on 04/18/2013 9:46:22 AM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: rktman

Yeah, I think machetes would be just as effective, don’t you?


13 posted on 04/18/2013 9:47:13 AM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

You don’t suppose the driver was in on it?


14 posted on 04/18/2013 9:48:50 AM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Pollster1
It's a shame concealed carry is not valid on a cruise ship or on St. Lucia.

Criminals move toward easy victims - and there's nothing 'easier' than a bunch of certified unarmed citizens...

15 posted on 04/18/2013 9:49:48 AM PDT by GOPJ (New AP term for Illegal Aliens IS Undocumented Democrats.... Jay Leno)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I hope the cruise line puts a contract out on the driver.


16 posted on 04/18/2013 9:50:06 AM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: george76
Four Canadians on a ground excursion during a Caribbean cruise thought they were going to be killed

And the other 56 passengers felt safe?

17 posted on 04/18/2013 9:55:25 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." ¬óR.C. Sproul)
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To: razorback-bert

I have a very diferent opinion of St Lucia. A filthy banana plantation, with most of its people living in abject squalor and poverty; a scattering of resort enclaves for foreigners; huge number of porcine German tourists; nothing that resembles a city or even a developed town; no cultural life. Yes, one famous poet came out of the island, and that’s it.
The nost horrible thing about it was that it was like being in a living advertisement for communism: the extreme poverty of the population, and then the houses in the hills owned by white people; a defecto apartheid society - it made my skin crawl.


18 posted on 04/18/2013 10:05:33 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: george76

On the other hand,

http://neveryetmelted.com/2007/02/23/us-senior-citizen-kills-mugger-with-bare-hands-in-costa-rica/


19 posted on 04/18/2013 10:18:54 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Pollster1
2. I'm beginning to wonder if cruise travel is going to drop off because of robberies like this and the ongoing pattern of Carnival Cruise mechanical issues.

There are hardly any cruises (by any line) to the "Mexican Riviera" (Western shore of Mexico) anymore. In the past, the drug cartels had stayed clear of the tourist locations but no longer.

20 posted on 04/18/2013 10:28:45 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: kabumpo

Oh bullshit

Plenty of black and brown citizens of St Lucia with money just like any other Carib island except St Bart’s which is white mostly

I looked at purchasing an allspice and cattle operation there in 85

Lovely people

I would expect this more in the DR...Jamaica....San Andres....maybe Antigua.....parts of Haiti


21 posted on 04/18/2013 10:52:40 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: george76

More reasons I am done traveling south of the Rio Grande.


22 posted on 04/18/2013 12:17:45 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: angcat
Is St. Lucia British owned?

I feel safe in Bermuda that’s it for now.

St. Lucia is independent, but it is one of the sixteen Commonwealth Realms. So Elizabeth II is Queen of St. Lucia in addition to being Queen of the UK, Queen of Canada, etc.

23 posted on 04/18/2013 3:08:08 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps
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To: GreenLanternCorps

Who would come to the aid of the Island if they were attacked?


24 posted on 04/18/2013 3:19:53 PM PDT by angcat
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To: maica

Castries! That’ a blast from the past.


25 posted on 04/18/2013 7:20:39 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

St. Lucia is just 10% of Jamaica, social problems wise. I mean, a small chunk of the same pluses and minuses.


26 posted on 04/18/2013 7:21:32 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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