News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Cruising Int Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Danish yacht with three kids, four adults, seajacked as Rally mourns

Danish yacht with three kids, four adults, seajacked as Rally mourns

'Ing crew the Johansen family kidnapped by Somali pirates - now there are death threats'    .

Ing position on the crucial date - 23rd February -  .. .  
It was happening while 65 cruising sailors, members of the Blue Water Rally and others, were holding a Memorial service in Salalah for the four American sailors aboard Quest recently murdered by Somali pirates.

Denmark's foreign ministry has confirmed the appalling news that a Danish family of five and their two crew, identified as Jan Quist Johansen, his wife, Birgit Marie Johansen, and their sons, Rune and Hjalte, and daughter, Naja, ages 12 to 16, travelling on sailing vessel Ing, have been seajacked by pirates along the same route as the Quest was travelling.


As US and local dignitaries accompanied the gathered cruising sailors in a softly touching ceremony, they were unaware that across the waters Somali pirates had, for the first time in the long - and now bloody - history of piracy, taken children as hostages and were even then heading towards the coast of Somalia.

The yacht sent a distress signal on the 24th February, two days after the murder on the Quest, but the news has been embargoed because of the necessity to inform families. According to piracy watch and environmental organisation Ecoterra?nid=80863, the attack happened in the southern Arabian Sea (see position in the image), so they were actually positioned to the south west of the position where the Quest was seajacked.

This seajacking means that there are now nine Danes in Somali pirates' hands, as two other Danes from the abandoned MV Leopard are still hostages of one of the Somali gangs. The yacht is being shadowed by a Danish warship and is heading for Somalia.

As expected, Somali pirates are now capitalising on the shock generated by the killing of the four Americans who had been seajacked. Abdullahi Mohamed, a pirate who said he has ties to the gang holding the Danes, said they will be killed if any rescue was attempted.

Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen said she was 'deeply concerned' about the situation and expressed her sympathies to the Danes on the boat and their relatives.

'It is almost unbearable to think that there are children involved and I can only sharply denounce the pirates' actions,' Espersen said.

Government officials will do 'everything in our power' to help the Danes, she said, but would not be able to release detailed information about their efforts publicly, 'since experience shows that it doesn't help in resolving the case.'

Ing’s last blissful experience the atoll of Makunudhoo in the Maldives -  .. .  
The last land that the family had touched in their voyage around the world was Makunudhoo atoll in the Maldives, where they had entered the lagoon and spent a few days snorkelling and relaxing. They left there and checked out at Uligan on the 19th February, and had a fast passage towards the entry to the Red Sea. Their last log entry, on the 23rd reads a cryptic 'Snork Phew zzzzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzz'.

They had appeared confident, in spite of the recent pirate attacks. One of their last entries reads: We have updated our disaster plan, made pirate plan for who does what if we are attacked, and we send every day heading. and status of the armed striker UMKTO and various executives who are so kind as to follow us and finally we made the man overboard drills when we had the anchor.

And now we will just enjoy the trip, because fortunately, despite the many pirate attacks on cargo ships and general great fear among sailors, there have never been any attacks on sail boats which have followed the recommended route.



Somali pirates - the upper hand in the Arabian Sea -  .. .  
Pirates now have the 'upper hand':

Pirates are sending a distinct message recently, as their activities, once so commercial, take an ugly turn. The message they send is that if a rescue is attempted they will immediately kill the hostages.

Apart from the Quest murder, about which details are not clear, this was demonstrated recently with the killings of two seized Filipino crewmen when a rescue was attempted.

However, in a lengthy gun battle in the Arabian Sea last month South Korean commandos stormed a pirated ship, the Samho Jewelry, killing eight pirates, capturing five others and freeing all the crew safely, even though the Captain was shot in the stomach during the action.

The European Union naval force, Navfor, which patrols the area, is now under mounting pressure to take similar action. But Navfor's spokesman, Wing Commander Paddy O'Kennedy, says it isn't so easy. Storming seized ships, he reiterated after the latest seajacking, pust the lives of hostage crew members at risk.

'At the moment our policy is that the safety of the hostages comes first,' he said. 'When you use the military, people get hurt, that's a fact.

'When you get close to ships that have been pirated... they put the crew on deck, they will put a gun against their head, and that's a pretty strong message for us to stay away.'

This is grim news for the latest crop of cruising sailors to be kidnapped, and another message to future intending sailors to avoid the area altogether.
...................

Did you appreciate the news in this article? If you are not a Sail-World subscriber already, did you know that you can keep up with all the news from the world of the cruising sailor with a weekly news hit? It's totally free, as all our income is from the advertisers.

Once you subscribe, all the non-racing news comes to you in one easy to read news magazine, right to your inbox. AND it's up to date, so you don't have to wait for the end of the month to find out what's going on. You can even subscribe a friend. Click here now?nid=80863!




by Nancy Knudsen

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=80863

5:14 AM Tue 1 Mar 2011 GMT






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

Click for further information on
Piracy and the Cruising sailor

Related News Stories:

05 Nov 2013  Maritime Anti-piracy - The Captain's Guide Book
17 Jul 2013  Somali Piracy lowest since 2006, but stay away from West Africa
04 Jun 2013  Gulf of Guinea replaces Somalia as most dangerous place to sail
17 Apr 2013  Maritime Anti-Piracy: The Captain's Guidebook
02 Feb 2013  Message to yachties from MSCHOA - Maritime Security Centre Horn Africa
21 Jan 2013  Somali pirate attacks wane, hope for yachts, but not soon
18 Jan 2013  Piracy Report - not a single yacht attacked in 2012
07 Jan 2013  Now Dad's Navy takes charge of pirate prevention
29 Oct 2012  Pirated sailors away on their dream sail
08 Oct 2012  Indian Ocean 'High Risk Area': Sailing yachts urged to stay away
MORE STORIES ...

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 WAS Cru USA