Two Canadian cruise passengers were swimming unsuspectingly a few feet away from the carjacking of their tour guide, which also led to the theft of their passports at Deep Bay.
The police are currently investigating the robbery of the couple’s valuable items which involved two masked men armed with guns. According to the police, the perpetrators allegedly drove away from the scene in the tour guide’s Ssangyong truck.
In a release from STRATCOM, the police said “The administration regretted the entire ordeal and has since given the matter its full attention.”
OBSERVER media reached out to Nathan Dundas, the Cruise Tourism Association (CTA) president, who said that the tourists are now faced with an immigration dilemma. He explained that if the stolen passports are not recovered, the couple may have trouble entering the U.S. at their final port of call, Florida.
The couple’s travel is also dependent on a police report. Dundas has asked the police to expedite it so that the international authorities have evidence of the incident.
Dundas said that he has notified the Royal Caribbean cruise line, owners of the vessel MS Celebrity Summit about the incident. With the approval of the ship’s captain and the cruise liner, the couple were able to leave Antigua and head to the next port, St. Kitts.
The CTA president said it is unfortunate that the couple did not have a hassle-free experience, and that is one reason he has made repeated calls for police patrols to prevent these crimes from happening in Antigua and Barbuda.
Before the influx of cruise passengers this season, Dundas said that he spoke with the prime minister and the police commissioner requesting that police patrols be set at a higher level, not only at beaches, but at historical sites and other areas frequented by tourists.
He added that the police use of patrol bikes was a good move that helped to prevent crime, but “we don’t need to have persons preying on them to rob them.”
Meanwhile, anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Gray’s Farm Police Station at 462-0481 or the Criminal Investigations Department at 462-3913 or 462-3914