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    Four Americans Aboard Yacht Captured by Pirates Reportedly Killed

    DEVELOPING STORY: Four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates have been killed, Fox News has confirmed.



    The yacht Quest was hijacked on Friday off the coast of Oman.
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    (CNN) -- Four hostages on board a yacht hijacked by pirates last week were killed by their captors, U.S. Central Command said in a statement Tuesday.

    The vessel, named the Quest, was being shadowed by the military after being captured by pirates off the coast of Oman on Friday. Officials had said earlier Tuesday it was less than two days from the Somali coast.

    Americans Jean and Scott Adam -- the owners of the ship -- and Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle, had been traveling with yachts participating in the Blue Water Rally since their departure from Phuket, Thailand, rally organizers said Sunday in a statement on the event's website. The group, which organizes long-distance group cruises, said the Quest broke off on February 15 after leaving Mumbai, India, to take a different route.

    As negotiations were ongoing with the pirates for the hostages' release, gunfire was heard at about 1 a.m. ET Tuesday, U.S. Central Command said.

    "As (U.S. forces) responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the Quest, the forces discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors," the statement said. "Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately died of their wounds."

    The pirates engaged the U.S. forces on board, officials said. Two pirates were killed in the skirmish and 13 were captured and detained. Two others were already in U.S. forces custody, the statement said, and the remains of two pirates were found on board. "In total, it is believed 19 pirates were involved in the hijacking" of the vessel, Central Command said.

    Forces had been monitoring the Quest for three days, officials said. Four U.S. Navy warships were involved in the response force -- an aircraft carrier, a guided-missile cruiser and two guided-missile destroyers, according to the statement.

    A senior military official said on Monday the military was trailing the yacht. U.S. officials have not identified the people on board the ship, but confirmed that four U.S. citizens were involved.

    Another U.S. official, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation, said previously that the United States was determining what military assets were in the region and the capabilities of the personnel on board.
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    all of the Pirates should have been killed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    all of the Pirates should have been killed.
    I'll second that one... the remaining "pirates" should have been lined up at the railing of the boat, shot, and their bodies allowed to just dump into the water with the rest of the garbage. I had hoped this one would end like the episode last year or so when the "pirates" were killed by snipers. We shouldn't be the world's police force, but here is one area I wouldn't mind my tax dollars being spent (as opposed to Iraq). We should deploy very agile, highly armed vessels based off a larger warship in the area to locate and engage / shoot at / sink these pirate vessels. Somalia is a lawless country so hopefully these captured "pirates" (who are in most cases just kids) aren't returned back home where they will just do it again.

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    tragic, but the question remains - who the hell goes into these waters (especially "yachting") when they don't have to? Did they think the pirates would leave them alone because they weren't on a commercial vessel? Did they think at all?

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    You have a point there regarding a private vessel like a yacht, but it's also cargo ships and tankers that are being attacked as well. There is no functioning government of Somalia where this can be solved through diplomatic channels. Kill these thugs on sight, leave 'em out there for shark bait, word will get around soon enough. The Russians did the same when they rescued one of their tankers. They put the remaining "pirates" on life rafts and set them adrift 250 miles from the coast (wonder what happened to them?). In many cases the insurance companies of these shipping companies have been paying the high ransoms so for years it's been a lucrative business for these thugs.

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    I know the cargo ships and tankers are being attacked, but my point was that they probably have more of a need to be in those waters, depending on the where they're coming from and where they are going, than these people did. These folks seemingly deliberately deviated from the route the rest of the yachts in their rally were taking.

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    Tragic.

    Somali pirates are currently holding over 600 people hostage for ransom. The families of hostages cannot afford to pay the huge ransoms. This problem has grown way out of control.
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    Agreed, but they were hundreds of miles off the coast in international waters, not cruising along the Somali shoreline. This "pirate" situation only seems to become high profile when civilians and their vessels are involved. Perhaps one of these times it will piss off a government enough that they will actively go out on seek and destroy missions against the "pirates" and their strongholds. In our case it would be a drop in the bucket of our military spending in light of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    "Pirates — who currently hold 30 ships and more than 660 hostages — typically win a multimillion ransom for releasing their captives, a huge sum that is shared among investors and pirates. The money is often spent on alcohol, drugs and prostitutes. One ransom paid last year was reported as $9.5 million. Most ransoms are worth several million dollars."

    I'd say it's probably about time for one or several governments to end this "business venture".

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    I seem to recall watching a couple of vids of the russian navy sending these third world turds to davy jones locker.
    Russia or China wont put up with any of their bs as they dont have one hand tied behind there back via political correctness.
    Search them out and eradicate them as well as the their havens.

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    This is long:

    http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/2.../terrorism.htm

    But an interesting read on how similar pirates gave the USA and Europe trouble for years and years. Everyone used to buy them off and they preyed on Americans as they were the easiest targets back then. The pirates called American ships "Fat Ducks." Hehe.

    Apparently the USA was paying 1/5 of the annual treasury to these pirates before eventually wising up and going for the military solution.

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    [QUOTE=Duck;1333664]This is long:

    http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/2.../terrorism.htm

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    That was a good read. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duck View Post
    This is long:

    http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/2.../terrorism.htm

    But an interesting read on how similar pirates gave the USA and Europe trouble for years and years. Everyone used to buy them off and they preyed on Americans as they were the easiest targets back then. The pirates called American ships "Fat Ducks." Hehe.

    Apparently the USA was paying 1/5 of the annual treasury to these pirates before eventually wising up and going for the military solution.
    Yes, that was a great read and as the saying goes, history repeats itself. We should just deploy a few resources and kick the stuffing out of these thugs. Hell, it could probably be done for the most part using aerial drones. Accept the fact that it will not be politically correct and there will be collateral damage.

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    When you see the picture of the 4 Americans that were killed it really makes the story hit home. Try to imagine how terrifying the whole ordeal must have been. And if they killed them all one at a time in front of each other? God damn that's horrible.
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    Folks just shouldn't go boating anywhere close to Africa, especially that pointy part. I know they were a few hundred miles off the coast, but still...it has to be common sense. Don't boaters have message boards with this info as a sticky at the top?
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