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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  1. Chris

    STOP BOATING NEAR SOMALIA..... it's that simple.

    March 1, 2011 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Md

      Really ,Chris?

      March 1, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      No what the International community has to do is work with the official Somali government and wipe out these pirates, their home base, and their mother ships.

      March 1, 2011 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
    • hink

      agreed just stop sailing near that area problem solved

      March 1, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • EuroTrash197

      Acaraho – The problem with your solution is this: there is no Somali government. To Chris, I say that's ridiculous. The solution is not to avoid that part of the ocean; it's to finally start responding to force with force. The South Korean Navy set an excellent example a few weeks ago.

      March 1, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack Sparrow

      You need to crawl from under that rock. There is no Somali government.

      March 1, 2011 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian Baldridge

      There IS no Somali government. That's the problem!

      March 1, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
    • onuss333

      I agree with you Chris. I can't understand why people are taking so many chances near Somalia. Its like Tijuana over there now and has been for some time. The militaries of many countries are having enough trouble protecting container shipping without sailing ships running around too. If it has not happened already.......it should be known that they will sell anything and anybody once you are grabbed overthere. Only a wannabe tree hugger from the suburbs would think you should be able to run around just anywhere in the world.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Acaraho, there IS no Somalian government, so the people of somalia can do what they want.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
    • stephen

      For ONE person killed, we should in turn, take out 1000. That is the only act they would respect. WE, nor anyone else, need to TOLERATE this stuff. It's amazing. This is the conduct, then playing out in 1802 by the Muslims off of Tripoli, that Jefferson and Adams had to deal with...pirating. What did they do? They sent in the Marines and it was over.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
    • fred bazzeeda

      r u that dumb?
      do u even know what that area is?
      it is a main thouroghfare.
      piracy on the hi-seas should be punished like in the old days.....death.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Kenneth

      Well i dont get why somebody wouldn't carry a loaded gun with them on their boat. sure let them board then as sooon ast they step foot on your vessal blow thier F>>>KING head off.. F>>>K em that pirates are worthless anyway. i just wish one would try and over take my ship... COME ON. bunch of WUSSIEs

      March 1, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank M

      If there were a particular neighborhood in your home state that was extremely dangerous, one in an area that travelers frequently had to pass within a couple hundred miles of on the way to other places, a place where people were often kidnapped or robbed and murdered, would your solution be "stay away, problem solved"? Or would you say the criminals need to be eliminated and security established so people can travel near there safely? If the first choice was the choice of most, there would be no safe places in the world, and the criminals and predators would rule the earth. Thankfully though, cowardice and apathy do not prevail most of the time. Let's hope they don't prevail on the issue of what to do about Somali piracy.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Darry

      Do a blockade. No boat gets out or in without being check so legit fisherman can fish and the area is smaller too, instead now they venture up to the Indian ocean. But I honestly would just love to just blow them off with cannons.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Geez

      Just nuke the parasites ... problem solved!!

      A person should be able to sail wherever they want in PEACE.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Shay

      I totally agree with Chris. Until the Somalian government get these criminals under control, people just need to be smart and stay away frm those waters for their own safety. These greedy people don't care who they attack and its not like there is'nt a warning out about it. Don't sail those waters!

      March 1, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • me


      March 1, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      They were in the Red Sea.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Some of the responses are just the typical type of American arrogance that is wrong today. Yes people should be able to go anywhere they want, but the reality is that you cannot go anywhere you want, the same goes for the parents that let their kids wonder unattended and when they are abducted say the same stupid thing. The world is a dangerous place and as much as we would like to go and do as we please, common sense has to take hold somewhere. Until the pirates are stopped. PEOPLE SHOULD NOT SAIL THOSES WATERS...PERIOD!!!! OR RISK THE THREAT OF BEING A CAPTIVE!

      March 1, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • BrianW7

      Chris & Hink,

      Please define what you mean by the area around Somolia – do you have any concept of the size of the area where these vessels are being hijacked?

      March 1, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Chris, you don't have to boat "near" Somalia to get hijacked by Somali pirates. The American couple that was killed last week were hijacked more than 400 miles away. The pirate attacks have ranged over most of the Indian Ocean (see http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7e/Somalian_Piracy_Threat_Map_2010.png). If you need to get to Kenya, the Seychelles, or anywhere on the Arabian peninsula, it's impossible to avoid the area where pirates are operating. At this point, the only way to sail around the world while avoiding the Somali pirates is to hop from Southern India to the Maldives, take a week-long deep water passage to Madagascar and then pass around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and travel up the west coast of Africa. That trip will take months longer to reach Europe, and most sailors are afraid of passing around Cape Hope (though less so than Cape Horn) due to difficult, dangerous weather in the southern seas. I wish it were as simple as you think it is.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Capt. Morgan

      Yeah let's nuke the area.....now the whole region is contaminated with radiation and can't be accessed. Way to go brainiac!

      March 1, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • T. Lee

      Do some homework @Chris !!!

      Pirates have attacked both commercial and private vessels over a thousand miles from Somalia. The last one when the Americans were killed was closer to seventeen hundred miles away from the pirates home port.

      That kind of range is hard to "avoid" simply by "not sailing there" because where is "there" – the entire Indian Ocean?

      March 1, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • jainTN

      Yes Md, REALLY. Until the problem is resolved is stupid and reckless to venture into that part of the Ocean. To take your kids with you is stupid beyond belief, and reckless to the point of being criminal. Now, instead of the Danish warship patrolling the waters and trying to prevent more hijackings, it is not going to use it's resources to rescue the arrogant parents and their children and crew, and I say if, because we all know those pirates are vermin and may very well kill that entire family and possibly some Danish sailors.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Carlos


      ...OR they could just take a plane. I mean, it IS the 21st century!

      March 1, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Avatar

      I feel about as sorry for these people who got abducted as I do for someone who blows a hole through his head for choosing to clean the butt of his gun with his tongue. They all asked for it. I have a feeling that everyone on that yacht is now wishing they had stayed home where they belong.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • spazz

      No one is really sailing close to Somalia, it's not that easy! The pirates are covering pretty much an entire section of the ocean now, they pretty much reach India now!

      March 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JS

      Chris is correct, stay out of the area. Yes its a huge area, so what, its not safe so don't go there. It is that simple. None of these people -need- to be sailing around the world... There is plenty of ocean to work with. The problem and the area are well known, its a dumb as taking a stroll thru a minefield.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      @Chris, Do you actually know where Somalia is? Just a quick primer on that. Its coastline is the Gulf of Aden. In order to traverse the Suez Canal, vessels must sail through the Gulf of Aden. The alternative is to sail all the way around the continent of Africa. In addition to being infinitely longer, it is hugely dangerous.

      @Acaraho, Do you know that there has not been a functioning Sonali government for years?

      March 3, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Wrong. That means the pirates win. They just broaden their area of operation, and get stronger and stronger.
      Kill them.

      March 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Natsha

      What part of International waters and pirates don't some people get ? Who in the right mind would risk sailing their family through there? I mean seriously ?

      March 5, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Slacker

    Somalia has to go. The entire country. We are all guilty for any deaths these pirates commit. We as a world are letting this happen.

    March 1, 2011 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
    • jwthiers

      Samolia as a country already doesn't exist. Hasn't had a viable government for decades.

      March 1, 2011 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      Somalia has an official working government. The problem is that it doesn't control the area from which these pirates operate.

      March 1, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Where were the navy snipers last week? on vacation?

      March 1, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Pacoatemiami

      Got any more constructive ideas than just blowing up Somalia?

      March 1, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. jossan

    Do it the Swedish way
    All boats over 5 meters have to be registered with visible signs
    minimum size X m x X m
    Then wait 6 months .
    All boats running on international water wioll be warned and then attacked if not registered, from sea forces or /and by satellite drone direction.


    March 1, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Do Tell

      What a brilliant solution. I can just see all the pirates lining up at the door waiting to register. Smoking, telling jokes, slapping each other on the back... oh yeah – you bet.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake Mason

      Oh Yeah that's the answer, more laws for us? You spineless twit.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
    • fred bazzeeda

      @jake-u sound like the 'spineless twit"
      can you say anything constructive? have any better ideas?
      otherwise, keep your halfwitted, redneck comments to yourself.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • drew

      sorry Jossan can't attack ships in international waters that are not in compliance with a states laws. If it was the states territorial waters then they must obey the states laws. A war ship can render assistance to any vessel but it can not attack a vessel just because it is not registered in accordance with a states laws.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. William

    News Flash – Stop pleasure cruising in this area! At this point it is like diving with Great Whites with blood dripping from various wounds; Not a good idea.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      I agree, You sail in those waters you should not be surprised when this happens

      March 1, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. jeff

    We don't need to be in Afgahnistan, instead we need to focus on these somali pirates. This is ridiculous that this is happening this day and age, i mean come on, enough is enough already.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. JimboBillyBob Justice

    HEY US AND RUSSIA....here a START Treaty for you.....take all your unwanted nukes and drop them in Somila.....yeah...that the ticket...NOONE in that region is INNOCENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      You're wrong. There is a Somali government which is friendly with the USA and other African countries like Nigeria and Kenya. The problem is the pirates have carved out a rouge territory separate from the Somali government from which they operate.

      March 1, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
    • drew

      @acaraho. Yes they have a government, but they are ineffective. They are a failing state as they can not provide the basic public services and securities to their people. Just because their is a recognized governement does not mean it is effective.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. Laura H.

    Here's an idea. The U.S. and some other nation (s) meet and divvy up the Somali coastline on paper. Then, in a joint effort, we drop leaflets to give locals a chance to recede by a certain date (hostages may suffer here, but their numbers are increasing while we wait to act). Then on said date, light up the tree line and storm the beach. Its a criminal nation. It has no GDP, No GOVT. and the civilians there have no basic rights. How long will the international community allow the pirate colony to flourish? Until it is too robust to control? Until they grab a Nuclear vessel??? These pests have been allowed to operate for far too long. The South Koreans had the right idea. Enough is enough.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Donnie

      Laura sweetheart, your theory won't happen and is too extreme. Your pretty much impling that "Marines" will have to storm the beach and hold it. That's just not going to happen and it will initiate another conflict that we'll have to be committed to. Now I do like the idea of NATO dividing that area into sections. I know for a fact that the Marines are soon to take a huge roll in combating the pirates. I can guarantee this will neutralize the problem. There's no worst enemy than a Marine with gun and a pass to kill.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
    • drew

      Laura are you in the military? I would guess by your post that you are about as far away from military service as possible. You do understand that these pirates are not just a rag tag group with muskets and knives right? The militaries that you so readily want to go to war will have causilties. Then they will be fighting in a failed state. Meaning they will be fighting an unknown enemy. A pirate looks like any other person in that state. I would be willing to beat you would be the same person condeming the evil military forces for killing innocent civilians if there was combat in Somalia.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Just Say No to WASPs

    Rich stupidity = dead. Don't feel bad for them when they're asking for it.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • grittyspur


      March 1, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • HLG

      How exactly was Just say No to WASPs racist grittyspur? From my interpretation of his/her comment he/she is saying that the pirates are greedy and are getting what they are asking for. If you are going to attack vessels in international waters you need to be ready to face the consequences of your actions and not whine about getting caught. And they will. The ones that shot the 4 Americans last week will say that they can't get a fair trial here in America. They just don't want to deal with the consequences of their actions in my opinion. Hope that the Danish family does not end as the Americans did.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Simo Häyhä

      Go learn what a WASP is, then come back and admit that it's blatantly and utterly racist, classist, and anti-religion.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • kay

      So your take is that all rich stupid people deserve to die? So say the pirates become rich off this. Then they are rich=stupid too most likely. But that's any better? What's so smart about being a crook and thug, ultimately it ends in death.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Laura H.

    If we take the beach, they wont have access to the water. Its a start!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Back To School

      Honey, you have no clue. Run along now...recess is over.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Frank S

    As long as the shipping companies and insurance companies keep paying ransoms, the piracy will continue. The "pirates" have no choice if they want to eat. The definition of "near Somalia" keeps expanding as the pirates build their power from ransom, now they patrol up to 1500 miles out from the coast, near India. You can't stop them with the level of naval power currently assigned, it is too large an area.

    It will probaly take a concerted military strategy to crush the culture, they are able to hide among the population like jihadist insurgents. The population won't turn them in, they are a source of wealth in the area. It would be nice if a marine battle group could go ashore and do a slash and burn, but a lot of hostages would get killed. I don't know what the answer is, but apparently nobody has it.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • ZweiStein

      @Frank.....You say the pirates have no choice if they want to eat. OK, give them a choice...give them a job. Exterminators, put a bounty on the head of all pirates (they all know who they are.) Bring them in dead.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dgmlpn

    Why doesn't the world community just go over there and wipe out every pirate there? Just competely destroy them and tell them each and everytime there is a hijacking they can expect the same.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Marto

    This is getting ridiculous. It's like people are trying to get hijacked now.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Linda

    Why in the world would someone even go near these waters – especially on a family trip? I don't understand. That being said, I hope they are rescued.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • sciguy73

      Why in the world would people travel with their families on the US Interstate highways? Don't they know peope DIE in car accidents every day on those roads?
      Boats pass off the coast of Somalia for the same reason. It is a major throughfare, and most ships pass through there unmolested every day. There relatively few pirates operating in an area the size of Texas. Would you drive 1,000 miles out of your way just because there's some crooks loose somewhere in Texas?

      March 1, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Greg Cardenas

    only an idiot would go sailing anywhere near that area. why are there stories about shooting the pirates on site...shoot the idoits that go sailing there too! welcome to somalia b-atch!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Greg, see this map: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7e/Somalian_Piracy_Threat_Map_2010.png
      If you know any geography at all, you'll realize how ridiculous your statements are.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. poke-man

    Don't the rich have better things to do than sail into places or hike in hostile areas? Should send a good message to all these kids that think sailing around the world is just a ride at Disney. There are dangers out there and people need to know that they won't get the same protections that our good country can give them elsewhere. Hope they are returned safe and that nobody else gets in harms way saving them.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      The kids who are actually thinking about sailing around the world know much more about the dangers and risks than you do.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
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