River pirates boarded the luxury cruise ship Amazon Discovery at around 3am last Thursday, pistol whipped the captain and stole over USD $20,000 from the passengers.

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Peru River Pirates Raid Tourist Cruise on the Amazon

River pirates assaulted a cruise on the Amazon in Peru, robbing terrified tourists of $20,000 and a range of electronic devices in an incident that highlights the potential dangers associated with adventure tours in insecure countries.

No tourists were harmed in the assault by heavily armed men who stormed the vessel as it moved down the Amazon River in the middle of the night on July 14, El Comercio reported. The tour managed by Amazon Cruises was waylaid in Fernando Lores district near the city of Iquitos.

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There were 25 Peruvian, 21 American, six Australian, and two New Zealand tourists aboard the Amazon Discovery, a Delfin AmazonSAC vessel, when armed members of the ‘Los pirates del rio’ criminal gang surprised them – most were fast asleep.

According to an Andina News Agency report, head of the Iquitos Port Authority, commander Oscar Garrido Lecca, claims that the attack occurred at 3 a.m. near the Huaysi village (about an hour from the village of Tamshiyacu, in the Fernando Lores District of the Maynas province).

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From Travelweek News

Pirates attack Amazon Discovery, passengers robbed; Delfin issues statement

According to reports, eight men armed with large-caliber weapons took control of the ship at 3 a.m. Thursday morning. They pistol-whipped the 65-year old captain of the ship and robbed passengers of possessions and money worth some US$20,000. The passengers are said to include 33 Peruvians, 20 Americans, six Australians and two New Zealanders.

Delfin Amazon Cruises issued the following statement on Thursday night: “We regret to confirm that on Thursday, July 14, 2016, in the early hours, there was a robbery onboard the Amazon Discovery. The vessel’s captain and the cruise director have confirmed that all guests are safe and none were physically harmed during the incident.

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