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. Arejaye

    People who have the ability to read and comprehend the situation in and around Somalia and the pirates, but still STUPIDLY go into it in slow moving unarmed personal civilian watercraft.....I just have no pity for them. I wish them the best of possible outcomes, but still.....they put themselves in the situation.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • T. Lee

      You really need to do some homework before posting the content of your little rant.

      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 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. TBone

    Bait Boats and magnetic Mines

    March 1, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. S.O.

    I say we outfit yachts with military personal and when the hijackers try to take the boat we blow them to hell. Soon the pirates won't know which is a private yacht and which is a military boat.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Carolinelew

    As you stated, I would never take my kids in those waters. We are parents to ensure the safety of our children, not to expose them to situations when we are well aware of the dangers. As adults, these people had a choice and they took their children into a bad situation that has been well publicized in the last several years. Go, but leave the children home, for someone else to raise because you may not come back.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. DP

    There was a time when pirates were simply executed.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. speedy

    Some of the people on here are pathetic. "Who cares, they are rich"? Really? That is your way of solving this problem? I hate to tell you but about 80% of maritime vessels use these waterways. It is called the Suez Canal. Maybe you heard about it? Probably not is what I'm guessing. Yes you could go around the African cape but that takes a lot longer and the seas and weather alone make it dangerous. Oh wait, the pirates patrol there too? Oh ok, just don't use ships or sail. Morons!! Maybe you should have paid more attention in your high school geography class...or in general. If that was the case you might actually be able to make intelligent, informed statements.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. NuclearPower

    Explosive generally solve all problems. Drop a 300 Kt thermonuclear bomb on the general area where the pirates live and the problem will literally evaporate. Video the entire thing and show it on pay per view to pay for the weapon and delivery.

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

    Lets STOP blaming the people who got hijacked, governments have the power to stop this, they just lack the b@lls to engage the Somali pirates on their own turf, I'm sure satellites know exactly where they are.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Don Quijote XII

    This is going to be tough love....
    But you have your "NO FLY ZONES" and we should now implement "NO SAIL ZONES"

    If you're caught sailing in the NO SAIL ZONE using a dingy, raft, private sail boat, yacht, catamaran, anything that's not commercial or military...... THEN THE RULE GOING FORWARD IS THAT YOUR VESSEL WILL BE SUNK/DESTROYED. We're not even going to ask if it's friend or foe. If you're in the NO SAIL ZONE, and you're not a military or commercial vessel, you're a foe. End of Story and End of these pirate stories.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • speedy

      Apparently you are so self important that you only post and don't read anything else. Avoid these waters? Really? Just what waters are these waters? The pirates so far have hijacked vessels 1700 miles away. Just in case you don't understand that..it is a very very long way away from "these waters". Go stick your head back in the sand.

      March 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris Waddell

    Why in the name of God would you "plan" to take your children through this area.. Ridiculous parenting I'd say.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • speedy

      What area are you referring to? That hemisphere? Quadrant? I don't know because there is no area over there that is safe apparently. Oh wait, those people live on that side of the world. That would be like you asking someone from Maine to not sail in the Carribean or off the coast of S. America. Again...they have hijacked vessels as far as 1700 miles away from Somalia. I guess your advice is just don't sail anywhere because you never know where these guys will show up? I guess if they get pirates in the Carribean, no one should sail through the Panama Canal either? Moronic.

      March 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bill Mc

    Pay the ransom and get the thugs on the next go round. Teens are too valuable.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • hasc

      But arrest the parents for being so irresponsible as to place their children in harms way for a simple pleasure cruise.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. yugpann@hotmail.com

    install a heat seeking missile on every boat...

    March 1, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. ZweiStein

    Need to commission a good exterminating company.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Greg

    One of the solutions: ES needs to organize convoys like it was during Lend-Lease Aid to the U.S.S.R. in World War II

    March 1, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. JACK

    International community needs to be very stern with Somali gov't to eliminate all these pirates. Int'l community needs to assist Somali gov't by force and financially to secure this coastal. It is working perfect in Malacca Straight.

    March 1, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
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