4 Americans on yacht hijacked by pirates killed, U.S. military says
U.S. forces say they were monitoring the S/V Quest for about three days before pirates engaged them.
February 22nd, 2011
09:24 AM ET

4 Americans on yacht hijacked by pirates killed, U.S. military says

[Updated at 9:24 a.m.] Negotiations were under way to free the hostages when gunfire erupted aboard the pirated vessel, a statement from U.S. Central Command said.

"As they responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the Quest, 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," the statement said.

A reaction force boarding the S/V Quest "was engaged by pirates," two of whom died during the confrontation. Thirteen other pirates were captured, along with two who were already in the custody of U.S. forces, according to central command.

Two other pirates were already dead when U.S. forces boarded the S/V Quest, the statement said. In all, 19 pirates are believed to have been involved in the hijacking.

U.S. forces had been monitoring the S/V Quest for about three days.

An aircraft carrier, a guided-missile cruiser and two guided-missile destroyers composed the reaction force. The U.S. Navy ships were in the region to conduct "maritime security operations" and provide support for U.S. operations, the statement said.

[Posted at 9:08 a.m. ET] Four U.S. citizens on a yacht hijacked by pirates last week are dead, a defense official with knowledge of military activities in the region confirmed Tuesday.

A U.S. Navy warship and helicopters were trailing the boat, the S/V Quest, which was allegedly hijacked by Somali pirates on Friday, U.S. military official said. Early Tuesday, an official said the vessel was less than two days away from Somali coast.

Owners Jean and Scott Adam and two other people on board, Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle, had been traveling with yachts participating in the Blue Water Rally since their departure from Phuket, Thailand, rally organizers said Sunday.

The group, which organizes long-distance group cruises, said the S/V Quest broke off on February 15 after leaving Mumbai, India, to take a different route.

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  1. Rick

    Send in a multinational force to recue all multinational hostages...and remove all ships taken illegally. Then sink every last Somali ship, boat, canoe and dingy...in every last Somali harbor.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jesus

    Sorry! I totally dropped the ball on that one. I was so tired from saving the world yesterday that I accidentally slept in. Won't happen again.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. I am furious

    Americans are stupid we let them in this country and they hate us and want evil on us and they are now all over the country like cocoroaches invading our neighborhoods and our children. Their are alueda sleepers here according to news reports. And we are okay with it. We act like little gullible push over wimps afraid to say ro do anything.

    The people in the hill and mountains of the northern states stand up for their rights with guns and ammo at the door, why is the rest of the country acting like cowards; is that what you teach your children? You people make me sick with god bless america and pledge of allegiance. You morons and hippocrites and traders. To allow this to go on and not do anything about it.

    You pushover gullible retard looking doofuses. Your offsdpring will grow as stupid as you.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      What in sam hill are you talking about? Are you discussing the same topic we are on?

      February 22, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    OK! ENOUGH ALREADY!1 FIRST OF ALL,GOD BLESS THE 4 PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES. NOW~~I AM A PERSON WHO CERTINLY DOES *NOT*WANT TO BE IN ANY MORE WARS,OF ANY KIND~BUT~WE AND SEVERAL OF OUR ALLIES WHOSE SHIPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN~THERE ARE *MANY*SHIPS AND OVER 600 PEOPLE BEING HELD HOSTAGE IN SOMALIA RIGHT NOW!~TOGETHER~OR APART~THE UNITED STATES AND THE OTHERS MUST FIX UP A PLAN~NOW! TIME FOR WAITING IS OVER!~AND GO THERE,AND WHETHER INLAND OR NOT[the hostages]~DO IT! TAKE AS MANY BACK AS THEY CAN RESCUE,Asbad as this shows~ALLTHEIR LIVES *MAY*NOT be SAVABLE BUT THEY WILL KILL THEM ANYWAY! U.S.AND ALLIES~GO *NOW*~BLOW THE PLACE OUT OF THE WATER~SAVE AS MANY INNOCENTS As POSSIBLE,BUT DO IT,NO QUESTIONS~NO LAW IN SOMALIA SINCE 1992 OR SO~OUR PEOPLE *and*THEIR PEOPLE NEED TO BE FREED NOW! BLOW THE PLACE UP WITH EVERYTHING WE GOT~NO HOLDS BARRED AND END IT NOW TODAY! NO MORE !!~IF 660 PEOPLE WERE BEING HELD ANYEHERE ELSE AND 4 u.S.citizens KILLED WE WOULD HAVE BLOWN THEM UP LONG,LONG AGO.THE TIME FOR NEGOESIATION IS NOW OVER!!!!

    February 22, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. PittGuins

    Okay, I know I'm going to take some heat for this, but two things strike me about this story;
    1. It should be acknowledged that the Quest was voluntarily operating in waters known for piratical activity
    2. The Quest left the "safety" of a group of 15 other yachts to sail solo
    3. An aircraft carrier? Really? I wonder what the operating cost per hour is of a ship that size and its crew to save a yacht as described in points 1 and 2.
    Alright, let the lambasting of my post commence.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • PittGuins

      So it was three points. Sue me.

      February 22, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    Hang all pirates.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. America is stupid

    Can we hang these pirates in the cities like a sacrecrow for halloween and pick at their bodies and torture them till they die. Jesus died alot worse for nothing. Then can we set them on fire but not before pouring sulfuric acid on them all.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. America is stupid

    When are we going to nuke Iran, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, turkey and all the arabs nations and wipe them the heck out and be done with i. What is taking so longf. We have the power and capacity.

    You people are sickening little wimpy buttwipes

    February 22, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pam Ellis

      If you are going to troll...at least be harder to spot.

      Thanks in advance.

      February 22, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. America is stupid

    If they were my family members. I wouldn't hesitate to find a way to have them tortured for a long time tell them they will live and all is forgven and take them to the desert and torture them cruely until they die horribly.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. soso

    Why do people put themselves an others in harms way by taking unnecessery risks, why pass pirate infested water.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    @Pittguins~Not gonna "lambast you"BUT~IF it were YOUR loved ones aboard,you would likely be as most folks~and say"AND Expect our Navy to try to save them.That said,We HAVE TO Quit this business of making EVERYTHING about $~The U.S.bHAS

    February 22, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. dbtown

    CNN anchor Kyra Phillips mis-spoke when she commented on how this piracy was linked to "Islamic Extremist". It was irresponsible and sounded very much like how the "fair and balanced" outlet commentary.

    I lalso istenedl to MSNBC and their report was much more professional and responsibly reported.

    Diane
    Central VA

    February 22, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. America is stupid

    Shut up americans, the only way to deal with them also is kill them in front of family members who smell and stink horribly and teach them a valuable lesson on evilness and hatred. Show them where they are all going for doing what they do to us americans.

    Rip their skin like Jeus's skin was rip with a cat of nine tails whip. That would be ana event I would enjoy watching

    February 22, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. America is stupid

    Rip their skin like Jeus's skin was rip with a cat of nine tails whip. That would be ana event I would enjoy watching

    February 22, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. denise

    No details how do we know the navy didn,t accidentally kill the hostages when they were shooting at the pirates?

    February 22, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
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