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. iCRTNY

    This saddens me greatly

    February 22, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. BLH


    These SOB's need to be exicuted, not put into someone's judical system. We do not have the rest of the story, but I really hope it will end like that. I think the poor families might agree with this too. I would.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. AGeek

    Two words: Target Practice

    February 22, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. bill bavis

    When we let them get by with this for so long they know we are weak.

    Maybe Bin is hiding over there....where Obama is from

    February 22, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • snappingfish

      you are among the most pitiful sub-humans on this board. Only a true champion of 'not letting facts ruin a good hate mongering' club of inbreds could put Obama into this mix. BTW, drooley-face, where is YOUR *original* birth certificate.....never mind, it probably doesn't anyone's name under 'father' anyway. Most likely you were spawned by the devil hissownself! You are pathetic!

      February 22, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. steve

    But have they dan? No the government doesn't do crap anymore.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mark paul Serafin

    kill the pirate's donn't keep them alive.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michael Mensah

    Modern day martyrs, praise the Lord for their fearlessness, they are now where we're all striving to get to, thank the Lord their message about Christ was delivered to as many as possible, wake up believers of Christ, the persecution of followers of Jesus is now rising in subtlety, don t be afraid of them whose dwelling has already been determined by the Lord eternally, as for us who are in Christ, our mediator between us and God, when we die in Christ, we are absent from the body and present with the Lord immediately, so, Fear God, for this is the beginning of wisdom. Jesus is Lord and Christ above all, Repent.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. dan

    If a U.S. Navy warship and helicopters are trailing the vessel and the 4 Americans were killed, why is the vessel still on the water rather than under it?

    February 22, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • AGeek

      submerged, not under. To be "under" the water, the ship would need to be below the sea floor by a considerable distance. I'm ok with that, too.

      February 22, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. MVMike

    Sounds like its high time for a U.S. Navy Training mission now – go get 'em boys !!!

    February 22, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. fred

    We got our butts kicked in Somolia once before. Femember 'Black Hawk Down"??
    Are we afraid we might get it whooped again if we go after those pirates?? What does it take for our Government to respond to all of these hijacks????? The mightest military in the world?? OR are we??

    February 22, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Linders Deaux

    I agree that pirates apprehended in international waters should walk the plank – on the spot! To have offered any of these thugs American jurisprudence is a travesty when they are not citizens and committed their crimes on the high seas – again, in international waters. I fear that the life sentences handed down last week in US federal court will create a quid pro quo whereas any Americans seized by these pirates will be killed. Unfortunately, these sailors were stupid and set out on their own away from the safety of a convoy with full knowledge of the on-going piracy and took a risk and lost their lives.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • JKM

      One of the pirates involved in the recent trial said they were not going to let hostages live anymore. They said America could recover dead bodies, instead. They said if we want to sail the oceans safely, we must release the last 4 pirates we took to America for trial.

      Disgusting. But I wouldn't be surprised if our government doesn't even have that quote. BO sure showed a lot of interest in Egypt, but not much in America, huh? (unless you're in a union).

      February 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOBBO

    Sounds like a job for the US Naval Pirate Killin' Attack Crew. Who's with me?!!

    February 22, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. john crain

    I knew we would keep screwing around until something like this would happen. I sure our Commander in Chief will do the right thing.....don't count on it!

    February 22, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • AGeek

      What would you like the US to do? There is no such thing as a central Somali government.

      February 22, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • JoJo the Monkey Boy

      No Central Govt. Then I guess we don't have to worry about their ambassador showing up and protesting our actions.

      February 22, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kevin

    I'm dumbfounded that all of the navies with a presence over there are being stymied by a bunch of rebels with AK47s and RPGs in rickety boats!!! Recent TV program said that payments as high as $18M have been paid to these pirates. Previously I thought that if we haven't ratcheted this up by simply killing the pirates for feat they would ratchet it up, but this killing of these four innocents says that can't be the reason.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • AGeek

      You apparently have no comprehension of the amount of surface area we're talking about here. Take a needle. Put it in a haystack the size of 4 football fields. You're still not close.

      February 22, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bill Adams

    Where is obama?

    February 22, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • snappingfish

      if he were sitting on your face, you'd know!

      February 22, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
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