Somali Pirates Murder Four Hijacked Americans
February 22, 2011
(ChattahBox World News)—The Somali hijacking of a yacht in the Indian Ocean with four Americans on board, ended in tragedy today. Multiple news sources are reporting that all four Americans being held hostage by Somali pirates were killed by their hostage takers. U.S officials negotiating with the pirates from a nearby Naval vessel heard gunfire. All four American hostages, Scott and Jean Adam and Phyllis Macay and Bob Rigglewere, were found dead. Some Somali pirates have been captured and others are dead, according to U.S. Central Command.
Scott Adam and his wife Jean, were a retired missionary couple who had been sailing around the world aboard their yacht, the S/V Quest handing out bibles, since 2004. The couple chronicled their sailing adventures on their website, saying that their worldwide mission was intended “to allow the power of the word to transform lives…”
They were hijacked by Somali pirates on Friday, near the coast of Oman, as they prepared to make a fueling stop in Djibouti, a notorious haven for pirates.
U.S. military forces had been monitoring the situation, with the aim of rescuing the four Americans, before the pirates disappeared with the hostages into the lawless regime of Somalia.
CBS News reports:
“CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that gunshots aboard the yacht were heard, and the warship took action.”
“All 4 Americans were dead, killed apparently by their captors.”
“There were more than a dozen pirates on board, some dead and others captured, Martin reports.”
At this moment, 660 hostages and dozens of ships are being held in Somalia by pirates.