The German ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines has written to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves saying that the “tragic and gruesome” events off Wallilabou Bay last Thursday night are difficult for Germans as well as Vincentians.
A German man, 49-year-old accountant Martin Griff, died when unknown assailants shot him in the throat on board a yacht anchored in the bay.
The captain of the yacht, Reinhold Zeller, 63, survived a gunshot wound to his left shoulder.
The German envoy, Lutz H. Gorgens, who is based in Trinidad and Tobago, said in a note to Gonsalves that he is grateful that the prime minister “reached out personally to the family of Martin Griff and to all other victims immediately, and they could all be flown to Martinique on the same day of 4th March”.
Gonsalves said on radio on Friday that his government was arranging for the visitors to be flown to the French Department, from where they were to fly to Paris and then to Germany.
Gorgens further said in the diplomatic note: “I wish the police force of St. Vincent and the Grenadines success in bringing the perpetrators of this heinous attack to justice as soon as possible. I also wish the shared grief will contribute to further deepening the solidarity of our nations in good and bad day.”
Gonsalves on Friday expressed “revulsion” at the crime, while Leader of the Opposition, Arnhim Eustace, said Monday that he was “very disturbed” by the development.
Police say they have launched an investigation into the attack.