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. ed bailey

    I agree that this sad situation was caused by people being inconsiderate of their own safety.to hand out bibles no less. Now all you armchair rambo's need to spend 10 minutes with your life in danger and think a little clearer.the money to guard the ocean would kill the rich toilet seat group. Beware the government is bad now and it will get much worse. 600$ toilet seats will never stop!

    February 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ed bailey

    One surprise was why 2 killed And 13 captured. As ex military I think the numbers should have been reversed!

    February 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kim

    Too bad just too many crazy people way too many crazy dangerous desperate crazy people that just dont care there desperate and all they want is the money. Crazy crazy crazy

    February 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |

    JUST proves that when it comes to street smarts w-hite-people are not the brightest...

    February 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kim

    Also the american should of been more thoughtful of there own safety knowing there was dangerous pirates in the waters they where sailing. Crazy times and desperate people. Crazy
    To think it couldnt be dangerous!

    February 22, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |

      or carry bigger and more guns..

      February 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mad hater

    they were probably talking all Christiany all the pirates got annoyed

    February 22, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cowbulls

    I think the remaining pirates should be given a ride back to shore chained to a rope thrown overboard.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. James

    It is time to start slaughtering pirates. This is the only language they will understand. If the government would sell pirate stamps like they do duck stamps my son and I would set sail for the coast of Somalia. There would be killing on the coast, and the pirate issue would be resolved. Until such time as the killing begins, the pirates will continue their attacks.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • guitarharry

      Yeah, if there is justice, these pirates will be executed. But there are tons more just like them; desperate, young men who feel they have nothing to lose (sound familiar?) So the real solution must be a way to bring some kind of political/economic stability to the region without involving moving our military into the place; we do not need another war–anywhere.

      February 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GANK

    Something definately must be dont about these pirates... too many lives have been lost due to some weirdo climbing upon ships with a gun just to try to get a point across I mean were quick as hell to take care of any other problem that stands in the way why not just KILL EM ALL!!!

    February 23, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. kwallace06

    This is an unfortunate event, maybe travelling in dangerous waters should be accompanied by protective measures. I wonder what consequences the pirates faced.

    February 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mel

    I don't believe we will ever know why these people were sailing in know "pirate water." Pirates have been around for thousands of years. Historically, even with our modern technology defeating pirates on the open water is difficult. The oceans are a big place and pirate ships are small. Ultimately, for pirates through the ages to operate they have always needed a safe harbor to unload thier cargo, refit and refuel. Every place in the world were pirates currently operate the local government is either unwilling, or incapable of policing their own shores. Solve this and you make sailing the oceans of our world safer.

    February 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. guitarharry

    Why don't Obama and Congress make it legal to arm merchant and private vessels traveling in that region?! Right now, it is a violation of US Federal law for US merchant ships and private boats to be armed; this is a fact, no kidding. Crazy huh?

    February 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John Marson

    It's about time for an international invasion of Somalia! Let's go in and set up a proper government there! Also, if piracy continues, ships in the area should be required, not merely allowed, to carry defensive arms.

    February 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jim Keine

    The pirates need to be eradicated. We need to establish a policy of zero tolerance. The military needs to step in and deal with these people with extreme prejudice.

    February 24, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. mkm

    so nice

    March 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
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