On December 9, 2009 a Norwegian Dawn cruise ship excursion to the unimpressive Anse La Raye Waterfalls turned terribly wrong when four armed, masked bandits robbed 14 cruise ship passengers on the excursion.
The victims included four American couples, one German couples and two Norwegian couples.
St. Lucia Police reported that Anse-La-Raye police are investigating a robbery, which occurred at the River Rock Waterfall in Anse-La-Raye. Police say, at about 1100 hours, 14 tourists who had gone to the waterfall, were in the process of boarding a Safari Jeep, in preparation to return to Castries, when four masked men who were reportedly armed with firearms and cutlasses, approached them.
Reports are the visitors were allegedly robbed of their jewelry and cash but no one got hurt.
The couples were preparing to leave the falls when a man with a knife and a gun snatched one of the women and demanded the group turn over their valuables. The robber then went from person and began ripping off gold necklaces, seizing expensive gold watches.
At least one passenger resisted during the robbery. The group had been shopping for gifts prior to the stop at the falls and speculation is the passengers' expensive gold jewelry flagged them for a robbery up ahead at the falls.
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