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. Philip

    It will make for a movie and you will pay to see it.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Three Loko

    If pirates are interrupting transit or trade, they should be pursued and dealt with. However, I think our Navy has better things to do than to avenge some guys in a pleasure boat who refused to heed piracy warnings and sailed into dangerous waters. Play with fire, and you're liable to get burned.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Have you been watching the news the last few years? They have been attacking commerce.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kent Hoover

    Hang the Pirates at sea. No need for a trail. Then burn the coast of Somalia. Come on, make good use of my tax dollars.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. scott

    There was a time, not so long ago in a historical perspective, that the lives of American citizens were sacrosanct – inflicting harm on them would bring a swift and severe reaction from our government. We need to return to that concept. Somalia may not have a central government, but the pirates have hometowns, friends and family. Establishing a ratio of say, destroying one town per American attacked would swiftly put an end to this.

    The population of Somalia would rise up and eliminate the pirates in self-preservation. They might even form a working government while doing so. You can't make an omelette...

    February 22, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Three Loko

      Ideas like yours cause people to end up hanged at the Hague for war crimes.

      February 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    No lambasting.Just sense.The reason they got evryone thinking about $ over American lives,is the exact same reason that we MUST ,not only stop the nonsense in Somalia! BUT ALSO THE REASON WE MUST STOP THE NONSENSE PUT OUT BY THE FEAR~MONGERING REPUB/teaparty ,not only in Congress,but those Repub Govenors in several states,detering,with smoke&mirrors*fear,and whatever they can get dumb people to believe,that "America cant "afford`ANYTHING~Not our Education for the ones who will run the ax

    February 22, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    No Heat or Lambasting,BUT this country CAN afford to tke care of its people, From high Seas rescue to shools,jobs in New Energy,rebuilding our water/sewerand gas lines,to roads&bridges.And we CANNOT afford to Drop Planned Parenthood,or WIC for mothers and babies[YEAH REPUBS~BRING THOSE BABIES INTO THE WORLD BUT STARVE THEM~RIGHT!] I HATE THE IDEA OF ABORTION TOO,BUT GOT AT LEAST 15 TEEN MOTHERS IN THIS LITTLE TOWN,WITH 2&3 BABIES THEY DO NOT TAKE CARE OF WHILE PARTYING WITH DIFF MEN EVERY NIGHT! POOR BABIES AND WE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR THIS "PARTYING!"I KNOW OF 3 WHO PAY ONLY$19 a month for nice apts while WE pay their rent,ER visits,grocery bill,etc~but lets have MORE of this because Repubs Want to put Pparenthood out of business! RUN THESE FOOLS OUT OF CONGRESS AND GOVENORS MANSIONS IN SEVERAL STATES~these are dangerous,spiteful people working for their corporate"overLords"~nothing more!~ONCE FOLKS ARE ALL WORKING/PAYING TAXES again,and we RAISE taxes a little,to cover expenses AND STOP TP/REPUB S GIVING 800BILLION$ in tax breaks to Wealthy,and make people pay FICA tax for more than$106.800 of theMillions they make~Soc[m=ne&yours]Sec.will be FINE! and STICK BEHIND THE UNIONS WHO KEEP ALL JOBS 4 ALL PEOPLE SAFER! Now go get all those folks in Somalia to show the U.S.has what it takes~And,for ALL OUR SAKES~re~elect Pres.Obama~the ONLY ONE WE CAN TRUST RIGHT NOW~in 2012

    February 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    COME TO THINK OF IT,maybe we should just warn Somalia that,unless all 600+people are returned SAFELY[how do we know THEY ARENT ALL DEAD ALREADY TOO?],and ships released within a certin time,that We ARE going to come in with everything and bomb them and finish it! I KNOW~god~I dont want 600 hostages killed either.BUT pirates just proved what they will do,and HOW DO YOU THINK THOSE HOSTAGES ARE BEING TREATED? MAYBE THEY WOUD RATHER WE COME AND AT LEAST TRY TO GET THEM OUT OF THERE THAN TO LIVE AS THEY MUST BE LIVING NOW! GO U.S.AND ALLIES~YOU CAN FINISH THE JOB IN VERY SHORT ORDER,CHIPS FALL AS THEY DO,END OF SOMALIA PIRATES!

    February 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Frank

    People of the United States of America and President Obama,
    Mr President,whether you or your DOJ are willing to accept it or not,your Liberal World View was a contributing factor in the murder of these 4 innocent Americans.Your failure in having a Hard Core Protocal for the Navy to deal with these Pirates is a major factor in this failure.The Protocal in all these cases should be:Surrender all hostages unharmed and yourselves and you will live,if not,you will all be executed at sea.You now need to issue orders to destroy all pirate bases found in Somalia and intercept and sink any suspected pirate vessels coming out of Somalia.As your buddy Chris Matthews says,"It's time to play HARDBALL"!

    February 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Three Loko

      Summary execution is not a part of International Law, and it for doggone sure isn't the American Way. If we don't show to our principles, then what will set us apart from the rest of the nations?

      February 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andy

    My condolences to the victims, time for some actions on the pirates!

    February 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. James

    Why is everyone being so Woosie about these pirates. Kill them–We have ships every where doing nothing but watching them–Lets just get rid of them in one blast–

    February 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. william Sanders

    First of all the world knows what you could be in for if you take the risk to sail in that area . That means they should have stayed away as they caused theior family lots of grief by putting themselves in harms way , That said NOW we need to declare war on these Pirates ANS all of the Somolia ports that allow them to operate . I want to see some action NOW and NOT talking . SWIFT ACTION

    February 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mick

    Pushing religious beliefs on a country that needs money, not prayer.. they are idiots for being there

    February 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mad hater

    Pirates are cool

    February 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Former-Somali-Pirate

    ALLAH bless the DEAD......
    Pirates are tried NOT to kill their hostages. I think it's better to ask the NAVY what really happened.

    February 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Former-Somali-Pirate

    I mean!!
    ALLAH bless the DEAD......
    Pirates are TRAINED NOT to kill their hostages. I think it's better to ask the NAVY what really happened.

    February 22, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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