Piracy

Kidnapped sailors shot dead by pirates

We reported earlier on http://en.nauticwebnews.com/?p=657

Four Americans kidnapped by Somali pirates from their yacht last Friday have all been shot dead.

A US warship was trailing the yacht as it was escorted into port, when the crew heard gunfire at around 0600 GMT today.

Military forces boarded the boat, killing two pirates in the process, but discovered the four Americans shot.

A US military statement said: ‘The forces discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors.

‘Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately died of their wounds.’

General James N. Mattis, the head of US Central Command, offered his ‘deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest.’

Californians Scott and Jean Adam had been sailing round the world since December 2004 in their Davidson 58 pilot house sloop, Quest, distributing Bibles to schools and churches in remote destinations en route.

They joined the Blue Water Rally in Phuket, Thailand, before Christmas, but left it last Tuesday to make their own way from India to Oman, with fellow Americans Phyllis Mackay and Bob Riggle joining them on board.

The US Navy captured 13 pirates and found the remains of two other pirates already dead about the vessel, the US military said.

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