Nation: Drugs and Death on the High Seas

A Bahamian triangle of smugglers and unwary skippers

A soft warning to the thoughtful skipper on the possibility of hijacking. The U.S. Coast Guard advises owners of yachts cruising in the Bahamas and Caribbean to be very careful about taking on hitchhikers and paid hands. Even a rescue at sea should be approached with caution.

It is an unusual cautionary note in these days of pleasure cruises in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, where the legends of bloodthirsty pirates like Blackbeard and Jean Lafitte survive only in tourist brochures. But the warning, published in...

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