I mentioned the other day that there was a story to be told about some of the happenings during and after the Murder of Bo Olsen.
As has been mentioned in other articles, the Antares was anchored in front of Bajo Pipon when five individuals boarded the ship around midnight. They attacked Bo Olsen who was on deck, shooting him striking an artery which resulted in his death.
Bo’s son, Zechariah and his 6 ½ month pregnant wife, Sujey, were below deck. Zechariah must have heard something and came up to find his father shot and being attacked by two individuals. Zech attacked the two individuals inflicting injury on both of them and was then shot by one of the other three individuals that he didn’t know was on-board.
Sujey was also attacked and beaten up about the face. The individuals put an anchor around Zech’s sholders. Sujey heard one of the individuals ask what they were going to do with Zech and they said they were going to dump him overboard.
She heard one of them ask what they were going to do with the girl and they said to just leave her. For some reason one of them said to just leave Zech too and it was better that they leave. They took a laptop and some other items such as a flat-screened TV and other small items, but nothing of real value justifying the extreme actions of murder.
They left Zech to die with a shot that had pierced his lung and another in his back only millimeters away from his spinal column.
This is where the story of true heroism begins. Sujey had to remove the anchor from around Zech’s shoulders and even though she had been beaten, she helped Zech drag himself to the back of the boat where the Shark was hanging. The Shark is not small boat. It weighs over a thousand pounds.
Sujey managed to help Zech into the Shark. She then had to cut one of the ropes securing it to the ship with a machete and got the Shark lowered into the water. Sujey is a little over 5 feet tall and is 6 ½ months pregnant. She knew she was in a race against time for her husband’s life, and knew if she didn’t get him back to Pedregal, Zech would also die. Zech is approaching 6’4” – a good sized young man.
Between them, they were able to get Zech back to the port, where he was taken to the regional hospital. The fact that Zech is alive today is nothing less than a miracle and a tribute to his fighting spirit and to that of his loving wife. He has been released from the hospital, but the recovery is going to take a fair period of time and will most likely require going to Panama City to get opinions on the bullet that is still close to the spinal column.
Wednesday was the first day following the release of the Antares, by the district attorney, that the family had had a chance and clean the ship from all of the blood that was on-board.
The port authorities had asked that the Shark be put back on the Antares as it could not be protected where it was currently located in the harbor. Unfortunately, Zech also had to go to the boat yesterday to supervise the reloading of the Shark. It took four of us to get Zech on-board as he is still using crutches and in a very weakened state. Getting the batteries changed so the generator could be started to allow the use of the winches required Zech’s expertise and it was a very strenuous and trying task for him.
I took a couple photos of the process of securing the Shark.
Here is the Shark being moved to the rear of the Antares.
This is a photo of the securing rope that Sujey had to cut to release the Shark on the night of the murder.
This is the front of the Antares. One of the masts had been damaged when it was moved to the port. I don’t know who moved it from where it had been.
This is a photo of the Shark after it has been raised, but not tied off.
After seeing the reverse process of loading the Shark, I had an even greater understanding and appreciation for Sujey’s effort in saving her husband’s life. Sujey may be a small lady, but like they say, dynamite comes in small packages.
I know that everyone would like details of the status of the investigation. That is in the hands of the district attorney and is an ongoing investigation. We can all hope that those that were involved will be brought to justice.