Pirates? Yes, say Texas officials who renewed warnings of pirates on the border as search teams scramble to find David Michael Hartley.
The gunmen are suspected pirates who have turned Falcon Lake, a waterskiing and bass fishing hotspot down the border from Laredo, into uneasy waters for fishermen and boaters. There have been at least five reported run-ins with pirates on the lake this year, though prior holdups had never been deadly. Via AP
Hartley’s wife Tiffany said her husband was shot in the head as the two of them rode jet skis on Falcon Lake. She dodged bullets as she raced to the shore. US officials have asked Mexican authorities to search for Hartley on their side of the lake.
According to the AP report, Tiffany Hartley told police that the couple rode their jet skis to sightsee and take pictures of a famous church in Old Guerrero. They were riding back when they saw the armed gunmen on the boats and immediately began racing back to US waters.
David Hartley didn’t make it. His wife told authorities he was shot in the back in the head; Cox said one of the boats may have crossed into US waters briefly while trying to run down Tiffany Hartley.
This is not the first instance of pirates on the waters of Falcon Lake. In April, pirates robbed another group of boaters who also went to Old Guerrero to see the church. Cox said the most recent reported pirate sighting had been Aug. 31, when boaters saw gunmen riding a small skiff with “Game Wardin” misspelled in duct tape on the side of the vessel, according to the AP.