September 10th, 2011
04:44 PM ET

Warships free hostage taken from yacht off Yemen

Warships stopped a suspected pirate skiff Saturday and rescued a crew member of a French yacht that sent a distress call this week off the coast of Yemen, officials said.

A helicopter located the yacht after the Thursday night distress call, but an inspection found no one on board.

Two vessels, one French and the other Spanish, trailed the skiff and ordered it to stop, according to European Naval Force Somalia. All of the suspects were detained.

Another yacht crew member was believed to have been killed when the suspects boarded the vessel, the naval force said in a statement.

The skiff sank during Saturday's operation, but neither the hostage nor the suspected pirates were harmed, officials said.

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  1. RUFFNUTT (karate instructor for policemen & officerses)

    somalia has the worst pirates... they are like a bunch of let-wing thugs,, looking for a handout..

    September 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT (karate instructor for policemen & officerses)

    why not make a boat loaded with snipers that looks like a rich people boat..
    then blamo!!! no more pirates..

    September 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Justin Kresty

    Excellent news, at least there on the water and easier to hunt down, unlike Mexican cartels that kidnap and hold people for ransom, hidden in there safety net.

    September 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Pirates are a blight to our seas.
    They need to be stopped, once and for all!

    September 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LOL!

    Arrr, matey!

    September 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gary Johndro


    September 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    Ruffie you have just too much fun

    September 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. perry

    Yo ho yo ho a pirates life for me. There be pirates in these here waters matey. Ruffnutt you dirty scallywag you, you left me to rot on that dam floor you b@stard I almost od'd.

    September 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    I can't believe people are still yachting around there. I mean, what part of "gonna die" don't they understand?

    September 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. perry

    Argh Ruffnutt you salty ol' sea dog you quit ignoring me you know it's all your fault I got sicK back behind that pizza hut.

    September 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ruffnutt

      tell your brother steve, im sorry i didnt mean to smoke all his weed it was an accident..

      September 11, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©


    I know, right?
    If I had a gajillion-dollar yacht, yeah, the first place I'd want to go take it is pirate-infested waters.
    What dorks!

    September 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Georgia

    Maybe not related to this issue but isn't this whole month 9-11?

    September 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      Your right! And that means, they are planning something, just NOT for tomorrow.

      September 11, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©


    Of course it is!

    September 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sdrawkcab lla st'I

    .draoba nerdlihC naciremA 005/w pihs ograc draob pihS raW US.

    September 10, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      ?US si ohW .tsomlA

      September 10, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Google translate says you need a big burly man to make you feel used. Is that what you are trying to say, Fifi?

      September 11, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. justathought

    It may be a little expensivd or not, but I really believe these pirates can be delt with in much tne same as the Barbery pirates were dealt with. And it may be discovered that they aren't any better fighters tha the Barbery Pirates. (I may have Barbery spelled wrong)

    September 11, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
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