News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Photo Gallery Cruising Int

 

Sail-World.com : Somali piracy developments -yachts go by ship, Danes reach shore

Somali piracy developments -yachts go by ship, Danes reach shore

'Captured Ing crew the Johansen family have now reached the coastline of Somalia'    .

If the Somali pirates weren't considered dangerous enough before, the game has really hotted up in the past month, enough to cause many yachts now caught in Salalah to ship their vessels to Europe.

Following the murder of four American cruising sailors last month, latest developments include nine pirate attacks in the Red Sea itself, and one attack taking place within 30 miles of the normally safe Salalah area of Oman.

Pirates who captured a Danish family of cruising sailors from Kalundborg 75km west of Copenhagen more than a week ago have now reached the shores of Somalia, making a quick rescue almost impossible.


It had been thought that a rescue could be attempted while the yacht was still at sea, but pirates have warned successfully that rescue attempts will cause all hostages to be shot.

In the meantime, over 20 yachts in the Blue Water Rally, caught in Salalah in Oman, now consider it too dangerous to sail beyond the normally safe port, and have decided to ship their yachts to Europe, probably to Turkey.

One cruising sailor told Sail-World Cruising that it had been a gruelling trip, having to sail an extra 600 miles along a secret route to get to the stopover point, was simply 'not worth it,' and was like a 'very bad dream'. In addition, the killing of four of the group, who had departed the Rally and was well-known to them all, had 'sent a very strong message.'

As for the Danish family kidnapped by pirates who have now reached the shore of Somalia, officials and pirates think it will be a 'very long hostage ordeal' for the couple, their three teenage children and two other crew members.

The sailboat being piloted by Jan Quist Johansen, his wife and their three children, ages 12 to 16, anchored near the coastal village of Hafun late Tuesday, Yusuf Abdullahi Sanyare, the commissioner of Hafun, which lies on Somalia's northern tip, told reporters.

The chairman of the Kalundborg yacht club where the Johansens used to sail, Ole Meridin Petersen, said the kidnapped family were experienced sailors who were planning to enter the Mediterranean through the Suez canal from the Red Sea.

'They expected to be home in August,' said Mr Meridin Petersen.

Abdiaziz Mohamud Yusuf, the spokesman for a community group called the Puntland Peacemakers, confirmed to The Associated Press that the family has been taken on land.

However, a Somali pirate who gave his name as Muse Abdi said the family was transferred to another, larger pirated ship.
'They are safe. They were just transferred from the boat to the big ship,' said Abdi, who has provided reliable information in the past. 'They have been added to other nationals in another ship to avoid any possible attack.'

Yusuf, who said he has been contacted by a Danish official in Nairobi, said pirates moved the hostages from the sailboat because of a rumor that a warship was heading to the scene. Yusuf's group has been involved in anti-piracy campaigns.
'We are ready to play our role in the safe release of the innocent family,' he said. 'We strongly condemn the hijacking of ships and innocent people off Somali waters.'

Let's hope they can be more quickly successful than the efforts to have released the British cruising sailors Rachel and Paul Chandler, who were in captivity for more than a year.
...........................

Did you appreciate this news report? 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=80909!




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=80909

5:41 PM Wed 2 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







World ARC crews in Bali by World Cruising Club,




Could your sailing navigation use a tune-up? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida






The Boat Cookbook by BoatBooks,








World ARC fleet now arriving in Bali by World Cruising Club,










Pack this sailing gear for 'hands-free' lighting by Captain John Jamieson, Florida
























A case of crossed wires? A shocking situation! by Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager,








New atlas provides thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean
Canal Boating in the Alsace with the Galley Guys
World ARC fleet arrives in Darwin
Timeless Tonga - Charter sailing in a Polynesian paradise *Feature
A fine conclusion to the ARC Baltic 2014
Where in the world are our strongest corals?
Incredible efforts to save yacht from being lost at sea
ARC Baltic fleet visit six countries and six capitals in six weeks
Helen Island, Palau -a beautiful and unique place
Barnacle Busting
From Penguins to Polar Bears
Cornell turns back from the North West Passage
Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science
Missing German tourists in the hands of Abu Sayyaf Group
NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel
Positive news for cruising boats in Greece
Bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways
Are You Sailing with 'Weak Links' in your sailing rigging?
Week-long cruise turns into 16-year round-the-world voyage
World ARC fleet cruising the Coral Coast
Yacht penalized for calling unannounced into Port Resolution   
Galley Guys on the Malty Seas   
Blue Planet Odyssey - Beset in Arctic Bay ice + Video   
Garcia Yachts Exploration 45 - Jimmy Cornell's newest adventure   
Sustainable Seafood - How to purchase with confidence   
Risks to penguin populations continues   
ARC Baltic fleet head from Helsinki to Stockholm   
Follow these tips when anchoring   
Galley Guys meet the Spice Lady   
North American Rally to the Caribbean - Get prepared to head south   
If all else fails read the instructions!!   
ARC Baltic fleet cruising and anchoring in the Finnish archipelago   
Phuket Yacht Show: new kid on the block taking on PIMEX? *Feature   
Vanuatu Customs making life easier for visiting cruising yachts   
Baltic 4 Nations rally is now in full swing   
Tropical Storm Bertha expected to become a typhoon   
Flags at Sea, an infographic by John Tissott   
Cruising lessons from ocean racers   
Procedures set out for waterborne visitors to Vanuatu   
17-year-old RNLI volunteer saves child in first rescue mission + Video   


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.
XLXL NEW Cru USA
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT