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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    I just farted. Shooooo : )

    March 1, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • ZweiStein

      It followed you.

      March 1, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |

    If you want to sail for fun, you dont have to sail anywhere known for pirates. Comparing it to going out of your way to avoid a bad neighborhood on land is not the same in any capacity. In the remote chance you do run into a pirate on the seas, there is nowhere to hide and nothing you can do. That remote chance should be too great for any clear-thinking pleasure seeker to risk. Especially when there are plenty of other places, inland seas and lakes all around the world to sail.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • ZweiStein

      Col., that just makes too much sense.

      March 1, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • speedy

      It is called the Suez Canal, maybe you remember it from 10th grade geography? Guess not. Yeah thats right, just sail around the cape and risk being sunk not to mention adding another few thousand miles to your trip. You're so right, just avoid it. (put that in because with statements like yours, I knew you wouldn't "get it".)

      March 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    YES ENOUGH OF THIS IS ALREADY TOO MUCH! The U.S. and oyher nation s HAVE TO DO IT NOW!~STOP FOOLING WITH THESE GUYS,AND GO TAKE THEM OUT~I KNOW HOSTAGES ARE INVOLVED,but all will happen is MORE hostages! No law AT ALL there,an no dealing with these guys,so got to bomb them~whatever it takes for a Once&Done Deal~no questions~no more delays! Do try 2 warn the regular people 2 move away from the main areas if thats feasible~but either way,END IT YESTERDAY! always easier said than done but Has To Be Now! And,God knows the U.S.does Not Need anymore wars 2 fight,cuz it looks like we may have to also do something with Libya now also! The President will start the drawdown from Afganistan soon too,but ALL these things are WHY THE U. S.A. HAS TO be ready to be on call around the world,ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW~Too much happening not to be ready.Its too bad we have to,BUT THIS IS ALL WHY WE ALL GOT TO BACK OUR PRESIDENT~and THE PENTAGON~Costs ARE TERRIBLE,but NO Lay person really knows&understands it all,so we must let the Pres.and his administration deaL with all of it WITHOUT INPUT FROM"the usual suspects "who like NOTHING~because our own safety is at stake here too!

    March 1, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    As for people sailing out there~well,no,I would Not,and sure would Not take children out there~However,"out there"is THOUSANDS OF MILES OF AREA .and1st of all,the big cargo ships MUST get thru,and 2nd ,the people who want to sail around the world,or wherever,have a right and freedom to do that! The Pirates ,on the other hand,HAVE NO RIGHTS ABOUT ANYTHING~AND WHEN THEY KILLED THOSE 4 INNOCENT AMERICANS A WEEK AGO,far as I am concerned,THE GAME IS ON BROTHER AND THEY WILL BE THE LOSERS REAL FAST~over&done~take no prisoners~its OVER,and we all need to Back up that effort! What it is costing in Lives AND dollars is FAR more than it will cost to end it now! The U.S.and some other nations can do it and be back home for dinner,so to speak,so LETS GO NOW!

    March 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ZweiStein

    Sherri...You suppose people in Denmark are talking the same way? As much as I'd like to jump on your bandwagon, I won't simply because if WE do this, WE inherit another nation's rebuilding and welfare financing – that's just US – we always do it that way. Only if Haliburton sees huge profits will this ever go forward – if the right administration is in.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Centrist

    I was robbed at gunpoint a few years back. I was in a bad neighborhood, but that doesn't take away the responsibility of the ones who shoved a pistol in my face. I should have been smarter, but most people know it's wrong to shove a gun in someone's face and steal their money. These rich people whom are getting caught up in this mess are naïve, but to say they deserve to die shows how little of a soul you have. Like my situation the authorities are doing very little to actually stop the people commiting the crimes. There are roots to every problem, but nothing ever gets fixed, because people would rather bicker than do any heavy lifting.

    March 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buck

      Your fault. You should have been packing heat.

      March 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Buck

    All vessels should carry 50 caliber machine guns and have a 24 hour watch. Danes sailed naked.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Good post Bob, I agree.

    March 1, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tex

    Poor Johansens..... Naja: tinypic.com/ehav6f.png

    March 2, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tex

    oops... http://i56.tinypic.com/ehav6f.jpg

    March 2, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. NittanyLionDen

    Why do these private yacht owners insist on sailing in these troubled waters? Just stay away. Aren't there enough seas elsewhere in the world to sail?

    March 2, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. tcifelli

    People have a right to sail through international waters. We should disguise sailboats that are armed. When the pirates approach, the special ops smoke the incoming Somalis. After that, the entire coast of Somalia should be bombed, destroying any maritime infrastructure.

    This is a repeat of the X,Y,Z Affair.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. ron_bow

    How do you sleep 7 full size people (3 teens + 2 parents + 2 deckhands) on a 43' boat? At best they had 4 cabins... perhaps if the deckhands used the hot-cot system while at sea they wouldn't have to share a bed. But in port it would have been cramped.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Art Abbott

    There is an old saying "Fight fire with fire" I think it is timeHire some Navy soldiers of fortune and pay them to wander and wipe out Pirate ships on the high seas. Arm them with better weapons than the pirates if they are attacked by pirates wipe them out or arrest them and try them in an International court. With what they have been paying for ransom the large oil tankers could probably supply enough money to pay for an anti pirate navy. Wipe out enoughof their ships and take away their ransome money. I t might just do the trick

    March 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tarik Hussein

    Only sail near Somalia if you are prepared to die rather than pay up to the pirates.

    If you sail there against all warnings, and if you are taken hostage, this means your will soon be collecting money for the pirates to continue to become more powerful and take more boats. This is what makes these Danish people's acts incredibly irresponsible verging on criminal.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Against what warnings ? The Danish Foreign Ministry didn't issue any official warnings against entering the area in sailing boats until AFTER this incident.

      And why this unethical blaming the victims ? Sailing around unmolested in international waters is a human right – how can exercising a right even remotely be a crime ?

      March 9, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
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