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Message from two killings in a week- Stay away from Somali waters!

by Lee Mylchreest on 13 Sep 2011
Kenya Kiwayu Safari Village - almost on the Somali border - where the murder and kidnapping took place .. .
If cruising sailors are not yet convinced that they should not sail in the West Indian Ocean, the two killings over the past week should settle the question. Sail-World reported earlier this week that a French cruising sailor (incredibly, cruising through the Gulf of Aden) had been killed and thrown overboard by Somali pirates and his wife kidnapped. Now Somalis have shot dead a British tourist on coastal border region between Somalia and Kenya, and, again, kidnapped his wife.

The kidnapped female cruising sailor, Evelyne Colombo, was rescued quickly when the skiff that her abductors were using to flee was stopped by coalition forces. However, the wife of the second victim has disappeared in the hands of her kidnappers.

Authorities have confirmed that David Tebbutt, finance director of British publishers Faber and Faber, was attacked at midnight on Saturday, within hours of arriving in the fatal beach cottage, part of one of the most luxurious resorts in Kenya, the Kiwayu Village.

His wife Judith, 56, was then forced into a motorboat which sped off north towards the lawless country which has been plagued by pirate kidnappings.

Hotel workers reported hearing a single gunshot, and then found Mr Tebbutt lying on his front on the floor of the couple's grass-woven cottage, wearing only his pyjama bottoms and surrounded by a pool of blood. A trail of footprints led to the water's edge.

Since the incident the Kenyan authorities have deployed helicopter gunships and speedboats as well as scores of soldiers and police in a desperate bid to find Mrs Tebbutt.

Surely there will be no more cruising sailors ignoring constant pleas by naval, government and sailing authorities, to venture into the lawless seas anywhere near Somalia.

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