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Nine Armed Pirates
Boarded Aqua Expeditions

M/V Aqua August 4, 2009

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Nine armed pirates boarded Aqua Expeditions' M/V Aqua on August 4, 2009

Nine armed pirates boarded Aqua Expeditions' M/V Aqua on August 4, 2009 around 0700 hours by using a small boat to come along side the slow moving little cruise ship in the middle of the night. Heavy rain and poor visibility gave the pirates covering for the boarding.


After boarding the Aqua, the pirates assaulted the two security officers aboard, then awoke the 20 passengers aboard, bound their hands and feet before robbing them.

The passengers were Britons, Americans, Australians and Spaniard cruising the Ucayali River in the Peruvian Amazon to the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. The robbery took place near the hamlet of Yucuruchi.

The robbers fled with cameras, cash, jewellery and designer clothes amid a shoot-out with police.

The facilities on the ship, according to the company's website, include suites with air-conditioning and private baths with luxury toiletries.

Seven-night Amazon cruises start at £2,880.

Cruises start in the Peruvian city of Iquitos, a one-and-a-half hour flight from the capital Lima.

Aqua Expeditions has a section on safety on its website which says: "A crew member is assigned on our navigation deck to keep watch around the clock, 24/7, whether the vessel is sailing or docked."

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