Australians stranded in Saint Lucia after theft

Two Australians have been stranded here after their vehicle was broken into and their travel documents stolen.

The incident occurred at Dennery at around 2:30 pm on on Christmas Eve day.

Garry and Kathy Chalmers had left three bags aboard their vehicle and returned to find that the window on the driver’s side had been smashed.

The bags containing their passports and other items were missing.

“What really hurts is the loss of our personal belongings,” Garry told the Times.

He explained that he and Kathy were teachers.

He disclosed that in addition to their travel documents, they had sailing and teaching equipment in the bags that were stolen.

Garry praised the response of  local police.

He told the Times that within eleven minutes of being summoned they were on the scene and acted very professionally.

The Australian national also mentioned the ‘tremendous support’ the couple has received from specific named individuals such as Rosemarie Desir.

He expressed his gratitude to members of  the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Garry told the Times that local Immigration authorities are trying to assist in getting the stranded couple off the Island.

However he disclosed that a flight refused to allow the couple to board last Thursday.

Garry said the Australian High Commission in Trinidad and Tobago has become involved and is in the process of trying to obtain documents for them to leave Saint Lucia and head to the United States.

It is the  first visit  by the two Australians to Saint Lucia.

The tourists sailed here as crew members on a boat that was part of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, fell in love with Saint Lucia and decided to stay here for a few weeks.

They were due to leave on December 27, 2016.

“We have been under a lot of stress,” Garry told the Times.

Speaking from a hotel in Gros Islet, he explained that it is difficult to get specific medication in Saint Lucia that he needs.

The Australian national said among the items in the bags that were stolen was an electric razor that was a gift from ‘someone special.’

One of the bags that was stolen is orange in colour, one is brown and black and the other is an orange and purple Saint Lucia beach bag.

Anyone finding them is asked to contact the nearest police station or the Saint Lucia Mission of Seventh Day Adventists.

The finder can also call telephone number 5191621.

A reward is being offered.


  1. Tracey
    January 6, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Were they the hikers walking along the highway near Dennery?

  2. concerned
    January 6, 2017 at 9:28 am

    That’s sad. I feel for them. I hope at least some of the most important items can be recovered and that Gary can get his medication. Those thieves don’t know what goes around comes around!

  3. Anonymous
    January 6, 2017 at 10:05 am

    That’s a shame

  4. Anonymous
    January 6, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Dennery again…. Dennery has a lot of crooks!

  5. Anonymous
    January 6, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Masiah cmon passports not like ull could do anything with it smh

  6. hey
    January 6, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Giving St Lucia a bad name. Hope they catch those crooks soon…sorry the visitors had such an awful experience in St Lucia.

  7. Anonymous
    January 6, 2017 at 11:54 am

    That’s a shame, what’s soever a man soweth that shall he also reep. Their days will come nothing last forever.

  8. Anonymous
    January 7, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Fools for leaving their passports in a car serve them self right

  9. Faizal Hossen
    January 8, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Melbourne, Australia. Hope there is a happy ending to this sad event. St Lucia deserves better. A few rotten St Lucian giving the lovely island a bad name.

  10. Pan kaiso
    January 8, 2017 at 9:59 am

    For all the sympathies you guys a bestowing how sweet but one or two thing you must bear in mind ignorance of the law is no excuse and the other thing is why a we so quick to sympathize when foreigners complain I find that we a so quick to come to there rescue ,but wait have we ever given it any thought that sometimes these people themselves a crooks posing as tourists and that they to crooks pouncing on the vaunerabilty of the country because they want something ,a they that dumb ? I am sure it’s not the first time that they a traveling as a traveler one thing that you a thought is that you always travel with your personal documents on your person or if not secure in the vault at the hotel where you a staying or leave it at reception so tell then to try again ,I will not sympathize with them

  11. Anonymous
    January 10, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Quality Journalism. Know the couple involved, and her name is “Cathy”, not “Kathy”, you.

  12. G&C
    June 16, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Hi, Garry Chalmers here. Cathy and I did get back home safely to Australia. It’s true that we fell in love with your country and we can’t say enough nice things about the awesome people who were so kind to us following that terrible incident. We were packed up ready to fly and simply stopped at the lookout to take a photo and grab something to eat. It was quite a difficult time for us however it was St Lucian people who reached out and were so very kind. We thank the Lord for all the wonderful people at the SDA Mission and all the staff at St Lucia Blu who genuinely tried to empathise with us. Even our previous hosts from Laborie reached out to us to see if there was anything they could do. We want to come back one day to visit our new friends. Thank you. G&C