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Diving instructor robbed and killed on yacht - Update
Date Posted: 2015-05-19
Source: WG Staff
UPDATE: A man was arrested and remanded to prison May 18, 2015, charged in connection with the fatal shooting of diving instructor Gary Vanhoeck, according to a Tribune242.com article.
This horrifying murder prompted the U.K. government to update its Bahamas travel advisory, as reported at cruiselawnews.com. This is just one of a number of Bahamas travel warning issued lately for Nassau and Freeport. The out islands (Abacos, Exumas, Berrys, etc...), where boaters spend the most time when cruising the Bahamas, have very low crime rates.
(Posted May 7, 2015) A British diving instructor was shot dead in front of his wife on the couple's yacht docked in Stuart's Cove, New Providence Island, May 1, according to reports. Two men armed with handguns accosted Gary Vanhoeck, 44, at the Stuart Cove dive center at 10pm demanding cash, according to a police report.
Vanhoeck was part of the crew for the 2013 Oscar-nominated Robert Redford film All is Lost, some of which was shot in nearby Lyford Cay and other locations in the Bahamas..
Stuarts Cove is near the southwest corner of New Providence Island, and not generally frequented by cruising boaters – it's also known as a a location transformed into a Bahamian fishing village for the feature film Flipper in the 1990s.
Crime is much more common in Nassau's city and harbor areas of New Providence, where cruisers have recently reported thefts and attempted thefts, often perpetrated by men on skiffs approaching docked boats at night. Similar crimes are not common in the out islands (Abacos, Exumas, Berrys, etc...) where boaters spend the most time when cruising the Bahamas. Take extra care and precautions, especially when in Nassau/New Providence or Freeport areas.
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