Pirates hijack Danish yacht with three teens aboard
The Danish warship Esbern Snare is moving toward the location where the yacht was pirated.
March 1st, 2011
05:42 AM ET

Pirates hijack Danish yacht with three teens aboard

A Danish family, including three children ages 13, 15 and 17, was hijacked by Somali pirates last week, according to a report in the Copenhagen Post.

The teens, along with their parents and two deckhands, were sailing from the Maldives in the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea as part of an around-the-world voyage when they were abducted, the post reported, citing Denmark's Foreign Ministry.

The family managed to get off an emergency call as their 43-foot yacht, the ING, was attacked, the Post report said, and a Danish warship was headed to the area where the yacht was hijacked, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) off the coast of Somalia.

The report of the hijacking of the Danish yacht comes just a week after four Americans were killed during the hijacking of their yacht off Somalia.

Meanwhile on Monday, the Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier MV Dover was attacked in the North Arabian Sea, the European Union Naval Force reported.

The Dover has a crew of 23, three Romanians, one Russian and 19 Filipinos, according to EUVAVFOR. There has been no communication with the vessel since it was pirated.

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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. regordyoll

    Why has the media quit reporting on this incident?

    March 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    The ocean is pretty big. Why do they have to go near Somalia? This is getting old.

    March 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RodBinNC

    Kinda stupid to go into a really bad neighborhood and then complain about being mugged. Avoid the Indian Ocean. Also, maybe just maybe Somalia could be bombed out of existence. It really has no use except developing a new pirate dialect. It actually may not be a bad place to store our nuclear waste. Put it on a tanker and let them capture it. When the open the cargo SURPRISE!!

    March 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. zaandammer

    Alle bijzondere dingen in de zaanstreek

    July 29, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
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