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. Stefan

    This report sucks . How did they die , who found them ? What were the navy ships doing just trailing and looking through their scopes ? What did they observe , how many pirates ? Any communication between them , any demands ?
    Looks to me like the navy screwed up somehow .

    February 22, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • JKM

      They have to follow the Rules of Engagement. Those come down from the top and are ultimately decided by the "commander-in-chief." Don't blame the Navy.

      February 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Barry

    The Navy should turn that yacht into splinters. Video tape it, and sprinkle that over Somalia to show that we're not going to take it anymore. No excuses. Burn it all down.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Haben

    1st to all the extreme comments about killing all the Somalia ppl, pls remember we are in the 21st century and are civilized ppl. My prayers go out to the families of the 4 on the yacht, However they should have known better as piracy has been taking place there for sometime. I believe our gov't should get with theirs and see about maybe setting up some kind of border and patrol. Either way, we cannot be ignorant to facts n how we handle the situation.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • JKM

      It really helps to know the subject before posting.

      First, Somalia has no government. It's in a state of chaos, ruled by tribes and warlords.

      Second, "We;re...civilized now"??? Does it occur to you that if one side is "civilized" and the other side is not, you can not "get together" to talk about things?

      Third: This is a region where violence rules. There is slavery. There are child soldiers. There are muslim fanatics who hate the U.S. You think we should just invite the pirates to a "beer summit"?

      I'm sorry, but geesh! I son't understand how people can post if they're clueless.

      February 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brooks Hadley

    America the pussiful, Obama will do nothing.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Frazier Hughes

    Why do people travel in their yachts near the pirates? Obviously, they can't be stopped. Very sad.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alonso

    This administrtion wont do sh$%'& about they are all about humans rigths and pirates have rigths too. I am sick and tired of reading this over and over, they should not kill them they should just distroy what ever ship these pirates use and then let them swim to shore!!

    February 22, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. JoJo the Monkey Boy

    How about a military jet flying down the Somali Coast and strafing every single boat on the beach every time this occurs. No boats = no pirates

    And for the locals that actually fish for a living throw some rods and reels out as you pass over. All Pirates should be executed.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jaylan Tayeh

    This is terrible...my deepest condolences...

    February 22, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pam Ellis

    Somalia has been a failed state for years. There is no government to provide services for the people there, no government to keep foreign tankers and vessels from dumping toxic waste or depleting their fisheries, etc...

    Basically, until Somalia becomes a functioning government, more pirates will be made. The people have nothing else to lose. I have no idea how to bring this about, just stating the obvious.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. JSO

    Drones, Drones, Drones to blow up Pirates heads. It's time to use drones.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. NoWay

    Keel haul them until dead!

    February 22, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Canadian Girl

    If other countries would stop pillaging Somalia's resources they wouldn't have to resort to piracy. That said I don't understand why anyone would even go near those waters.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. somedude

    Messed up. I was hoping to see the hostages freed and the Pirates neutralized. People are calling for an execution of the pirates but, that not the American way. The captured pirates should do life in jail. There needs to be an international anti-pirate strike force. This has gone to far.

    Something has to be done about Somalia. Not just pirates but, poverty, corruption, & politics.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. I am furious

    Can we start committing crimes against their people like they do to us. I beluieve in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. When is the american wussies of this society start standing up for what is right and stop getting pushed around and manipulated. When are we goingf to fight back and do to them what they do to us?

    How much can we take of this garbage.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joe


    Once at channel, watch "THE DESTROYER."

    February 22, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
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