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. JD

    I get a kick out of these rich people who think they're immune from the rest of the world from money. "Oh.. How dare they take us hostage! Well I never,,," Maybe they should go hiking in the mountains of Afghanistan/Pakistan, or go hand out religious literature in Mecca. Maybe they should stay home in the comfort of their ivory towers and count their money. That way nobody has to clean up after them.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. YMiri

    The military should do runs through the area fully loaded in Yachts pretending to be boaters. After a few failed hijackings and many killed, they wouldn't be so eager to approach ships.

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

    Let them die end of the story that will solve all problems

    March 1, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kenneth

    Id would then hijack their ship. take it to their home base and blow the dam thing up and LAUGH my A$$ off

    March 1, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Earl Butz


    I'm about one paycheck away from homeless and even I think all of you "rich people are stuuuuuupid!" whiners should go get cancer and then find a doctor who works for minimum wage to try to fix you.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Danish

    Just about 40.000 ships are sailing past somali waters each year. Those of you surgesting not to sail the Indian ocean or through the gulf of Aden, might as surgest to end world trading as a solution to end somali piracy. It's ridicules.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |

      The people making those comments have no idea where Somalia is located. They probably have never even left their own little village. These pirates aren't dumb. They're hijacking oil tankers, boats loaded with weapons (China), and occasionally luxury yatchs. They try to avoid yatchs because they know governments won't negotiate and pay the ransoms. Companies or a private donor will.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |

    You can't just "stay away from Somalia" ! These pirates are now going as far as the Indian coast for their plunder. Where will it end........

    March 1, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sensible_Centrist

    Look, there's only 600+ hostages being held by those sub-human creatures. What's the rush for action, right? As far as world law enforcement is concerned, let the number climb to a few thousand. Only THEN will Special Forces go in there and clean out the nest. You know the drill... always wait until the small little campfire grows into a blazing inferno... THEN react.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Fred Bartkowski

    This is only a problem for rich people. How many citizens can afford to pilot a private 43 foot vessel around the world?
    Let's not spend a fortune fixing a problem caused by a miniscule number of people who have the time and money to engage in this discretionary insanity.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      In Denmark the middle class is quite capable of owning sailing ships – sailing is a common hobby and its not reserved for the rich (depending on what you call rich of course). It is not unheard of for retiring people to sell their homes in order to finance a sail around the world dream – its all a question of priorities.

      And the biggest problem with the pirates is the effect on commercial shipping and the sailors taken hostage there are definitely not rich.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred Bartkowski

      Sorry. Did not intent to disparage the danish middle class in any way. If this is a waited for lifelong dream turned nightmare then it is super harsh. It may also be a cautionary tale. Of course, hoping all ends well.
      But here's the truth. Your chances are better with Somali pirates if you are attached to a multi million dollar cargo.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      I just found out what type of boat they had – They can be had for about $150.000 pre owned (the maker went out of business in 2009). Hardly a vessel for the ultra rich. I could buy one and I don't exactly considder myself rich.
      And the so called 2 crew members were paying for going along helping finance the trip.

      Would you considder a USAmerican rich just becasue she could afford a $150.000 boat ?

      March 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SIMONE

    How about offering cruises to people who are interested in target practice off the coast.Arm the cruise ships with various weapons mounted on the port and starboard sides.Guarantee them that targets will be within shooting range similar to fishing excursions guarantee fish in certain spots.Play loud music getting their attention and cruise back and forth off the coast.Food and drink all included! Fun for all ages! Ammunition included!
    Prizes for the most Somalians hit!

    March 1, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Carl

    The route south around Africa is not really a good alternative for small sailing ships. Beside being much longer (when traveling from the Indian Ocean to Europe or North America) the weather is often really bad along that route which is also a risk and prevailing winds would work against them. Travel time could increase by as much as a year.
    These sailing routes infected by pirates are one of the most important nautic super highways.
    Allegedly the sailing boat had strayed from its intended course that would have taken it through better patrolled waters and it was captured hundreds of kilometers from shore.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Frank M

    By the way, to all the geographically-challenged people asking "Why do people go near Somalia?", "Just stay away from Somalia", try looking at a map ! Ever heard of the Suez canal? It's the only way to get from the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean to the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Indian ocean without sailing all the way AROUND the African continent, adding nearly 3,000 miles to your journey. If you take this critical shortcut route, used for thousands of years (the original canal is ancient), you pass right by Somalia. Should all the world's sea going vessels take a massive, costly, and also risky detour all the way around Africa because we don't want to deal with some local thugs who don't respect the Law of the Sea? Duh?

    March 1, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. Gregg

    Millions and Millions of ransom dollars has been paid to the pirates , CASH ! This is not going to stop, in fact it's gotton bigger,and their territory is expanding. Tooo much money involved !

    March 1, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • kay

      Exactly, because these pirates have been profiting from it. They will never stop until it becomes impossible to get what they want out of it. Also for those who think that they have been driven to it.. come on the majority of the people in Somalia are not pirates, so it's just the sociopathic jerks doing this. They probably hurt their own people when they aren't out pirating. They need to be stopped.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Skipper

    "Stop boating near Somalia"??? Really? Do you honestly think that will work? They'll just sail farther and farther to hijack boats using more and more technology. Sink their ships, kill the pirates and the problem is gone – What kind of pacifist crap is that – just run somewhere else and they won't find you – that's the kind of thinking that lead to Pearl Harbor... Only ostrich bury their head in the sand.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. sokke

    "The family knew all about how dangerous it was to sail past the Horn of Africa and Somalia."
    "The 14-year-old son joked, as late as the 23rd February, representing the day before the attack, that they have not been boarded by pirates yet." (online sailblog").
    "19. February: 'We have updated our disaster plan, made pirate plan for who does what, if we are attacked, and we ship every day the position and status to the armed forces UMKTO and various contacts who are kind enough to follow us, and finally we made the man overboard drills when we had the anchor. "

    I, as a parent, would NEVER sail into pirate infested water with my kids. They knew about the american sailboat last week, but not that they were all killed. RED FLAGS PARENTS.... HELLOOOOOO!!!!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
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