Rene Tiemessen, leader of one of the convoys consisting mostly of American and European yachts attempting to reach their home countries from Asia hopes the latest hijacking will cause 'all politicians to wake up and see what has become of their doing nothing to protect us.'
Happier days - Rene and Edith Tiemessen on their yacht Alondra
Rene and Edith Tiemessen, sailing with their two-year-old son on Alondra, are leading a convoy of around 30 yachts from Thailand to Turkey. For months the Tiemessens have begged the UK Navy to give approximately 250 sailors travelling on about 100 yachts, caught on the wrong side of the Indian Ocean, escort while they sail the last part of the journey across the Indian Ocean to Salalah in Oman. They have been consistently refused on the basis that yachts are advised to stay away from the area.
Two weeks ago he told me that he feared 'something bad will happen.'
Today, after his words had been proven true, he said, by satellite, 'Although very very sad, this is what we have been warning about all the time.' He added that 'people felt abandoned', since the yachting community, as opposed to merchant seaman, 'have been neglected.'
Tiemessen is unwilling to comment publicly on how he and his convoy are proceeding to try to reach the Red Sea, now that they have despaired of any help from Naval ships in the area.