Captain Shot and Killed

Jan 23rd 09

A superyacht captain was shot and killed Thursday night in Antigua.

According to Senior Sergeant William Holder of the Antigua Police, the incident occurred at 10:45 p.m. on January 22 in the English Harbour area near the Gallery Bar. The captain has been identified as Drew Gollan of the 163-foot Perini Navi ketch Perseus. Sergeant Holder said Gollan was walking home with his girlfriend and child when the incident occurred.

Gollan's girlfriend, Alena Sitkova, reported to the Australian press that they had been walking home from dinner with their 21-month-old daughter when they were accosted by a man with a gun, attempting to rob them. Gollan tried to protect them by jumping in front of them but the man shot at Sitkova, grazing her foot with a bullet, Gollan was enraged, according to Sitkova, and ran after the would-be-robber who shot Gollan three times in the chest. He died on the way to the hospital.

The Antigua police request that anyone with information on this tragic incident to call +1 268 462 3913.

 

UPDATE: Gov't Says: No Tolerance to be Policy

At 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 23, more than 100 concerned members of the local business community and visiting yacht captains and crew convened at Abracadabra restaurant to find out what the government and police were doing to provide security in the area.

The Prime Minister canceled Parliament to attend, accompanied by the Commissioner of Police, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, the Minister of Tourism and the Minister of Justice.

The meeting was chaired by John Duffy, president of the Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association, who reports that there is a lot of distress in the local community and among visiting yachts. The group was looking for assurance that the criminals would be apprehended and prosecuted and that measures would be implemented to ensure this does not happen again.

The police commissioner said that more resources would immediately be placed in the area – more police, with more visibility – with longer term policies to come. In addition, they will introduce “stop and search” procedures, targeting people who have no business in the area, specifically known criminals. The government and police acknowledged that English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour should be relatively easy areas to protect and profess a “complete no-tolerance policy.”

[English and Falmouth Harbour] is not a bad area,” says Duffy. “The more serious criminals come from other part of the island. They know yachts bring in money; it’s seen as relatively easy pickings.”

 






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11 Comments
  • I was thrown into a car by 4 locals whilst walking back to the boat from Abracadabra (and yes I was drunk, funny that cos I'd been to the pub after 3 months of working with no days off). They drove me to the middle of no where. They pulled me out the car and beat the sh*t out of me. I only survived because I threw myself off the cliff edge. Ended up with some serious lacerations, bruising, 3 broken ribs and a fractured sternum. Thanks to the local population for that! I seriously hope I never have to go back to that awful place again. I did report it to the Police, they said they would "look into it" never heard anything.

    My condolences to Capt. Gollan's family and those who knew him. This kind of thing has gone on too long with no action whatsoever from the authorities.
    Posted by Rich Pierce 25/01/2009 22:58:10

  • I had four locals pull a gun on me and ask for my wallet at the end of last season...during a time when we were hearing of proabbly one attack a week. Where does that stand in your all encompassing view of Antigua. When you go to the police after a violent attack and they do the Square root of FA then you come back with your opinion. If yu think that antigua should not look after yacht crew then you are very much mistaken, think of the money that comes from those yachts. Surely some that should be put back in to better security around english harbour.

    My condolences to his family and friend and to the crew of Perseus.
    Posted by Wendy_10 25/01/2009 12:57:51

  • STOP BADMOUTHING ANTIGUA. Many of these posters have no idea what they are talking about, spreading trash and harming the livelihood's of the many good folks in Antigua who rely on the short yacht season to earn their yearly income. Stop it, you have no idea what your talking about. Ive spent 13 seasons operating yachts out of English harbour. Its very sad to hear of this killing, but I can assure you that most of the tragedies i have seen over the years are the result of drunk yacht crew in cars or tenders.
    I would go to Antigua any day...the services are professional, the ambiance is much better than St Thomas or St Martin, its a very small place, I know who is good and who is bad, crime is low and it is safer than many places.. STOP BADMOUTHING ANTIGUA.
    The local folks around Falmouth and English harbors are very proud and protective of their good fortune to have this geographical gem which generates good incomes. They will respond. Ive seen it personally. Couple years ago I was alongside and my bicycle disappeared off deck. I mentioned it to one of the local boys. In the evening, after he parked his varnish brush, he came back driving a pickup truck with a gang, we tore off into the countryside, directly to the bad boys house, shouts erupted, coconuts flew thru the air, I got my bike back,. The locals don't tolerate bad guys coming into their turf and causing trouble. I like Antigua
    There can be no doubt that this should be a wakeup call for the locals to improve security, lets hope they are wise. The Antiguan government is already struggling to supply security and services to their own people from revenues, I cant see them directing scarce funds to protect yachties. I would like to see, as a captain, yachts directly pay for increased security. . Every yacht entering those harbors should be required to an additional daily security tax. The local community and yacht industry should use this money to develop their own securi
    Posted by monback 25/01/2009 10:58:55

  • The police are corrupt . ALL YACHTS SHOULD LEAVE to make a statement .
    Posted by surfshark 25/01/2009 08:31:25

  • A memorial page on facebook has been set up. I am guessing that Drew's family and friends will appreciate hearing from our far flung community, and perhaps be comforted to learn of how many lives he touched. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=118085540649
    Posted by Crew Confessor_2 25/01/2009 00:58:25

  • this link was posted on another forum..
    http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-199068
    Posted by Pascal_3 24/01/2009 19:06:35

  • from AU Sunday
    Kay Dibben

    January 24, 2009 11:00pm

    THE partner of Queensland skipper Drew Gollan has told how he died a hero, shielding her and their baby daughter from an armed robber.

    Alena Sitkova was wounded during the terrifying robbery attempt in Antigua, where Mr Gollan, 38, was killed by three shots in the chest.

    Ms Sitkova said she and her partner of three years, who had hoped to marry and settle at Hervey Bay this year, had been walking home with their daughter Carolina, 21 months, from a restaurant in English Harbour on Thursday night.

    "A car was coming,'' she said.

    ''A guy jumped out and was running after us and pointing a gun."

    Ms Sitkova said Mr Gollan, captain of the 50m superyacht Perseus in Antigua, jumped in front of her and their daughter to protect them.

    The gunman ran back to the waiting car.

    She said the would-robber shot at her, grazing her toe, and when an enraged Drew ran after him, he was hit three times on the left side of his chest.

    "I had to run back to the restaurant and call for help,'' she said.

    ''All the yachties came to help.

    "Drew basically was protecting us, that's why he got shot so many times."

    The Czech Republic-born Ms Sitkova, 28, speaking yesterday from Antigua, said they owed their lives to Mr Gollan, who had paid with his own life to protect them.

    She told how she and their friends and a volunteer medic had desperately tried to save Mr Gollan, who was bleeding internally, and had raced him to hospital in a truck.

    "It took us 20 minutes to get him to hospital, but when we got there Drew was dead already," she said.

    Mr Gollan's sister Sonia, who lives on the Sunshine Coast, said the family were devastated.

    "He was a true inspiration to all of us,'' she said.

    ''He was larger than life, and never without a smile."

    At a 20th reunion last year at his old school, The Kings School in Sydney, he was acknowledged
    Posted by Alex Forsythe 24/01/2009 17:51:29

  • My prayers go out to his family, fortunately the rest of his family were not physically injured or killed. You can not count on or expect the law enforcement in many of these remote ports and islands to offer the same level of enforcement and deterance seen in western civilization (for many reason's that I won't go into here). As I have said in previous posts, As the economic times get worse globally so will the need to protect ourselves from these types of incidents as opposed to relying on local law enforcement. You must get sufficient self defense training now as times are only going to get worse. Yachts are seen as sitting ducks with the potential for easy money to many. The vessel security plan should incorporate training of this sort for the whole crew. jason@htsecuritygroup.com
    Posted by HTSG 24/01/2009 13:59:25

  • All yachts should pull out and not return!
    Posted by Chef Peter_1 24/01/2009 04:29:50

  • What you may not know, is that this happened at 10:30 PM after dinner at the Gallery. That's less than 1/4 mile from the police station. Boats will likely be flocking to St. Maarten instead. The classic S/Y Fluertje has already left this morning. It makes you really wonder how many cops are on duty and what they even do then...
    Posted by kdhguard00 23/01/2009 20:56:25

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