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. Derick

    At least the Danish government won't try to capture the pirates if they negotiate.

    Or so we hope.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
    • kay

      How does one negotiate with lunatic creeps exactly? Oh... here is some money, thanks for not killing the people, now go and do it someone else... brilliant for the long run.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Toobah

    Many of you are so wrong.... we cant just give up our right to sail the open sea's... what we must do is pack as much heat as possible and combat these pirates ourselves...all they really have is daggers and spears.... and maybe one gun to share amongst the 30 or so pirates...ARM YOURSELVES WHEN SAILING... done...or just get a faster boat that can outrun the row boat they use...

    March 1, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Donnie

      You are so wrong about the pirate weapons. They have RPG's, AK47's, and im sure other explosive devices. Carrying firearms will only be good for a while, but it's all about who has fire superiority and the element of surprise.

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

      International travel with firearms is a bureaucratic nightmare. Every country whose waters you enter has different regulations, some outright forbidding it, most requiring some registration which you won't have. It may be possible to hide the firearms when you're in territories that forbid them, but you may get found out and arrested for arms smuggling as well. Besides, what easily hide-able firearm will you carry that is capable of defending you against pirates with rocket propelled grenades and Kalashnikovs? There's no hope of being ransomed when you're dead.

      Regarding a fast boat: the only reasonably affordable way for an individual to sail around the world is just that: to sail, not motor. Sailboats aren't fast, especially the ones that are designed for cruising and loaded with stores.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • drew

      Toobah, you go right ahead and execute that plan. Then let us know all about their "knives and spears". You are ignorant.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Zach


    March 1, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Liquidcobra

    How ignorant can you people be? Attack a broken country because of the pirates? No one over there is innocent?
    How old are the people that post here? If you're under 18 stop posting this garbage. If you're over 18 seek professional help.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • fred bazzeeda

      hello...do you have any sense of logic? the perpetrators are of the nationality of....????
      Who is to govern them????
      Who should prosecute them?

      The high seas of piracy rules should be put back into effect. Simple.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |

    People continue to boat and sail this way because it's the fastest way to get from the Med to the Indian Ocean. The alternative is to go down by the southern tip of Africa. This of course costs more money. So people/companies are gambling that they won't encounter the pirates. As others have stated, these pirates have extended their range from port dramatically. It's a suicide mission navigating those waters without armed escorts!

    March 1, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. BrainDamage

    Stupid parents putting their children in this situation. Navies and Pirates can have guns but no one else can. BS.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Israel is becoming a nation

    March 1, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. Marto

    Yeah, go ahead and exercise your freedom to sail the open waters anywhere you like. But then don't come crying when you're boarded by pirates!

    March 1, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • T. Lee

      Nice rant troll – but where is you call for the international community to come together and deal with the pirate situation and make the seas safe for all whether a commercial tanker or family sailboat?

      March 1, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michael

    It seems we have a lot of geographical idiots here. Would you be ok with adding a few thousand miles to your trip by not using the Suez Canal and going all the way around Africa? The real issue is how this keeps happening. Remember that Somolia is where they dragged a US Marine's body around behind a truck? They seem to just not care about society. Boy, for the old days when a ship could blow pirates right out of the water. Now we are more concerned with their rights over the rights of the victums. I say go to Somolia and destroy every boat AND pirate. See how many highjackings happen then. We have such a wishy-washy govt (both parties have no spine), who are afraid of woorld opinion, unless there is a profit in it for them or friends. No oil in Somolia? Oh, then what do we care?

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

      That was an Army Blackhawk pilot and Rangers that were stripped naked and dragged. Marines weren't in-country yet.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    This is the solution:
    Armor plate a few yachts and arm with a squad of seals and about 6 quad 50’s
    And cruse up and down the coat…when attacked drops the armor and annihilate the attackers. Offer this duty to seals as a rest and recuperation… Load the yacht with steaks beer and potato salad, oh and beans… Problem solved and they could get in some live target practice and they could sign up… they’d have every seal in the Navy on the list…
    Oh one more thing… take lots of pictures and send them to Somalia

    March 1, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Danish

      A few yacths patroling the coast of Somalia? Your boats would hardly ever witness a pirate attack.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. speedy

    To the people on here calling anyone who sails these waters idots: What waters are you talking about? These pirates don't just sit off the coast of Somalia. They have been spotted off the coast of India and elsewhere. The fact is that they are abundant and they patrol thousands of miles of open ocean on their "motherships". These ships give them their range. As for the Red Sea, yes, you have to use it to go through the Suez Canal. If you don't want to go that route you have to navigate around the southern tip of Africa. Either way you are at risk and one just takes a lot longer. Get a grip on reality people.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • T. Lee

      It's true – 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 were is "there" – the entire Indian Ocean?

      March 1, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lisa - Boston, MA

    It's like baiting sharks - blood in the water will attract them.
    Sailing off Somalia will attract pirates.
    Don't bait them, don't give them your blood.
    If you are THAT intent on sailing, spend the extra money and AVOID the area!
    Anyone who sails in that region (ESPECIALLY with children) is almost inviting disaster!

    March 1, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Daryl

    Right Hick . . . "just stay away from there and problem solved." Yeah, just stick your head in the sand and the problem will go away.

    If they allow those children to be killed, there had better be a worldwide response. If all they're going to do is simply tell us about it on the news, then find another story because this one is just getting downright disgusting.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. mary

    Ya i really dont get it either why dont we just go over there capture them then comes international trial

    March 1, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
    • hasc

      Capturing them and trying them is a joke. Worst they get is a prison term where they get three meals a day, medical care, education and entertainment, all of which is far better than they will ever experience in their native country.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
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