News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Cruising Int Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Pirate attack update - one French sailor killed, wife rescued

Pirate attack update - one French sailor killed, wife rescued

'Murdered cruising sailor Christian Colombo on Tribal Kat, pictured here in 2008 with his wife Evelyne, who survived the pirate attack, their daughter Aurelie, and sailing friends Andrew and Jean-Yves Lorenzini'    .

Spanish troops from warship Galicia have stormed a pirate skiff in the Gulf of Aden and rescued a French hostage sailor, Evelyne Colombo, missing from her yacht Tribal Kat. It has now been confirmed that her husband, Christian Colombo, a former French navy crewman, was killed during the attack and his body dumped overboard. The families have been informed. Contrary to earlier reports from Yemen authorities, there appear to have been no other crew on board.

The Colombos were experienced sailors and had been sailing their 17metre catamaran on a round world cruise since 2008.


A German warship, the FGS Bayern, had found the couple's yacht, adrift in waters off Yemen on Thursday after it had responded to a distress call. There was no-one on board and the EU Atalanta naval command launched an air and sea search for the attackers. French officials said there were signs of a struggle on board the yacht, with blood stains and bullet holes. The yacht was towed to Djibouti to be studied by agents from the DGSE spy agency.

The Spanish defence ministry statement the Galicia had detected a skiff 'engaged in activities related to piracy while it was on a surveillance mission off the Somali coast.'

When the skiff ignored an order to stop, the commander of the Galicia ordered his men to open fire. At that time, it was discovered that they had a hostage on board, who was a woman.

The amphibious ship proceeded to intercept the pirate vessel. The operation involved a helicopter and naval warfare team, who fired on the engine of the boat, to disable it.

Following an exchange of fire, the pirate ship sank and the Spanish troops rescued the hostage.

'After getting her to safety, they proceeded to the arrest seven pirates.'

'They knew they were taking a risk and everyone advised them not to go,' a relative told Agence France Presse (AFP) after the event. One of the couple's daughters, Emilie, posted a message of concern on the blog they were keeping of their high seas adventure.

Colombo's friend Gerard Navarin, holder of a world record speed in a catamaran in 1997 together with Christian, said, 'The last I heard from Christian was around a month ago. He was south of Egypt and heading for Malaysia,' said

The waters between Yemen and Somalia are notorious for attacks by pirate gangs, and French yachts have been among the vessels seized in the past. A second yacht went missing at around the same time as the Tribal Kat, but there are conflicting reports about its fate, Yemeni authorities claiming that they rescued a couple who sounded a May Day.

Somali pirates frequently seize crew from merchant ships and pleasure craft in the dangerous waters off the conflict-ravaged Horn of Africa and have taken millions of dollars in ransom for their release.

According to the watchdog Ecoterra, at least 50 vessels and at least 528 hostages are being held by Somali pirates, despite constant patrols by warships from several world powers.

A crew of 30 on luxury yacht Le Ponant were attacked in September 2008 as it headed through the Gulf of Aden. A ransom was paid, but French commandos later ambushed the pirates, killed one, captured six more and recovered the cash.

In April 2009, another French yacht Tanit was seized with a couple and their three-year-old son on board. This time special forces troops intervened when the boat was still at sea. In the ensuing gunbattle a French bullet accidentally killed the skipper of the yacht, Florent Lemaçon, but saved his wife and child. Two pirates were also killed, and the rest captured.

The latest attack on the French yacht came the same week seven crew members from a Danish yacht were released after a rumoured $3 million ransom was paid. A $1 million ransom was also believed to be paid last year to free a British couple also seized from their yacht.

Some analysts worry that Somali pirates may increasingly turn to seizing high-value Western hostages from yachts, as well as hijacking large merchant vessels plying some of the world's busiest shipping lanes off the coast of Somalia.

For years now, all advice from authorities, including the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), has been against cruising sailors transiting the region, and this advice intensified after the murder of four American sailors earlier this year. However, information is still posted on the web giving information about the best routes and contacts for Naval and government authorities for those skippers who decide to take the risk.




by Sail-World Cruising round-up

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=88346

8:06 PM Sun 11 Sep 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Cruising USA







Springtime Greening: Boaters Tips for Earth Day by BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising,








How sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans by Sandra Whitehouse, Sailors for the Sea,


Message-in-a-bottle record - 102 years by AFP/Sail-World Cruising,








Canadian solo sailor rescued north of Auckland by Sail-World Cruising round-up,




















Free online fuel spill course - how much do you know? by BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising,












Life-shattering event sends 'rookie' couple sailing the world by Asia News Network/Sail-World Cruising,








3,200-year-old boat found in Croatian waters by Haemus/Sail-World Cruising,


Product of the Week: the LineGrabber
Mediterranean Mooring - How to moor stern-to to a dock or quay
Canadian storm bomb threat - sailors advised: get off the water!
Sailing family condemmed for taking 3-year-old on circumnavigation
New contract-free plan for satellite communicator on your smart phone
Yacht of the Week: The Dashew creation: no sails, but eco-friendly
No laughing! Sailing mistakes I don't want to make
Destination: From Moscow Sea to the White Sea
Land sailors of India on adventure across the Rann
A Paint App to (almost) replace your marine store assistant
Volunteer Canadian rescue team homeless - any offers?
Hilary Lister and Nashwa Al Kindi set a new trans-ocean record
How to anchor and 'never utter a word'
Non-pyrotechnic flares for my boat - Can I or can't I?
Health benefits of sailing
Cruising in the Maldives - some nuts and bolts
ISAF Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Racing and Cruising
Halyard Tension - a video
Winchrite - for lazy days or extra muscle-power
Researcher examines 'current leaks' that may change the way you sail
Paris off to attempt to circumnavigate the world again   
Need a tow from that helicopter? - watch the video and don't laugh   
Certain oil spill products shown to be ineffective and toxic + Video   
The Constrictor: a powerful 'Queen' of sailing knots!   
Boat painting - simple but best tips   
'It's never just one thing' - Swedish sailors rescued   
Cruising Club of America celebrates outstanding sailors of 2013   
Book of the Week: From the Galley of...   
Two brave women to sail India to Oman across Arabian Sea   
Rhode Island's Classic Yacht Symposium - Registration opens   
Bad Karma as roving American cruising sailor fined in New Zealand   
Another rescue for second-time unlucky solo sailor   
New York to San Fran record attempt - Maserati reaches the Horn   
Finally the book:HMS Bounty, Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy   
Yachts impounded in Mexico - the agony goes on...   
Students achieve robot boat Atlantic Crossing - but not as planned   
Endurance Award for cruising sailors, new worldwide award for 2014   
It's coming. Dodgers/biminis to be solar power producers   
New Maldives rule - yachts can stay six months   
Unmanned tsunami boat takes three years to reach Taiwan   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL NEW Cru USA