Robbers attacked an American couple aboard their sailboat in northeastern Guatemala, killing the husband with a machete and seriously wounding his wife, according to the Associated Press.

Nancy Dryden, recovering in a hospital in the seaside town of Morales, said that four men boarded their boat Aug. 9 while it was anchored in Lake Izabal, Guatemala's largest lake near the country's Caribbean coast and a popular spot for vacationers.

The thieves demanded money but the couple had only a small amount of Guatemalan currency and no U.S. dollars. Unhappy with the take, the gunmen then reportedly hacked Daniel Perry Dryden to death, wounded his wife and left the boat. His wife managed to send out a distress call over the boat's radio.

Assistant Police Commissioner Luis Sey said the attack is under investigation, according to the AP.


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