One Fond Cole fisherman is seeking answers to a spate of theft against fishermen in his community.
This is the second time in the last few months that fishing equipment belonging to Paul Simon Bique has been stolen from his boat which was beached at Fond Cole.
Bique told Dominica News Online (DNO) on Friday that just a few months ago, the propeller was stolen from a boat that he previously owned and on the first day of the New Year, thieves struck again.
He said he woke up on New Year’s Day to discover that once again, the propeller from his 75 horse power engine and some fittings, were missing.
“Wednesday afternoon I went down by the seaside; I watched the boat, observed it. The engine was covered and secured, because I did not want anyone scratching the engine, especially children who would come around the area,” he said. “Thursday morning I decided to go down at the seaside to wash the boat and remove sand particles that were inside, then to wash out the sea water that was around it.”
He continued, “I washed the right side, so I am turning to the stern area (the back of the boat). When I washed one side facing by the engine, I now lifting up my head and about to cross to the other side, I noticed the bag was cut directly where the propeller was. I opened it and realized the propeller wasn’t there.”
Bique said that the boat was a new one which he had received just two days before.
“I remember last year they took my propeller from my 75 horse-power engine. It took two days since I brought my new boat ashore from where it was made in Colihaut to Fond Cole and my propeller was stolen….It didn’t have a week, or two or a month, just two days it was stolen,” he lamented.
He said the matter was reported the same day to the police and they are investigating.
And according to Bique, he is not the only victim of such acts of theft. He said there were other fishermen in the area whose fishing equipment was stolen last year.
“Although the young man boat was anchored out they took the steering wheel, they cut his cable…other equipment on his boat was stolen,” he said, adding, “Many times before the store rooms were broken into and fishermen equipment went missing.”