Don North's Dinghy - Recovered From "Blas" (Photos)
Friday, February 18 2011 @ 05:35 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
I'm Going To Put Up Most Of The Photos I Took: Maybe someone out there will see something that will trip a memory or whatever. I know a lot of this is just boring photo documentation kind of stuff, but I have the images so I might as well put them out there. I'm going to break it down by topic, such as this one, just about the dinghy.
This is the island of "Panedo" where a guy named "Blas" had the dinghy owned by Don North.
Investigators clustering around the dinghy owned by Don North.
The dinghy is an AB Model 9VL. The small black dot on the hull is the location of the apparent bullet hole.
This is a closeup of the bullet hole in the hull from above.
Info plate on the dinghy.
Bullet hole in the hull of the dinghy from below.
The dinghy loaded on the front of the SENAFRONT boat.
This is the serial number plate on the dinghy.
Back view of the dinghy. In this view you can recognize the outline of a specially ordered custom stainless steel plate that Don North had made for this dinghy when he was in Colombia. Don North was concerned that someone would attempt to steal his outboard motor, so he had a special plate made up and the whole thing was screwed to the back of the dinghy. In other words, there was a custom modification made to this dinghy that identifies it as Don North's and there's no other dinghy exactly like it. You can see the six screw holes - and whoever removed the motor had to unscrew those six screws before they could remove both the motor and the stainless steel plate, as well as a lock bar that went across the top.
Finally, the Luminol testing conducted on this dinghy were negative. The Luminol technicians told me this was not really surprising if the boat was sitting out in the elements for a month, that even if there was blood in the dinghy it might have been washed away or otherwise destroyed by the elements.
Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.