Somali Pirates Kill 4 American Boaters

Exactly what will be America’s response to the senseless murder of 4 of her unarmed citizens on the high seas? Our government will likely “prosecute” the 15 pirates who were captured after they fired at a U.S. naval ship, and then fatally shot the 2 peaceful & loving couples.

Will there be a miltary response? Highly doubtful, especially with this wimp serving as “Commander in Chief” – how I long for the days of President Ronald Reagan, who probably would’ve unleashed our Navy & Marines (with “eye in the sky” help from our Air Force) to track down their “Mothership” and deal with these international thugs after the whole Maersk Alabama situation in early 2009, but even if he had not done so then, he undoubtly would now that American blood has been shed, and American lives were lost.

If President Obama authorizes any miitary action at all against the Somali pirates in response to this outrage, I will will be one of the first people to stand & applaud him for it, but I’m definitely not holding my breath!

Somali pirates kill 4 American hostages on seized yacht

Somali pirates shoot two couples, from California and Seattle, who had been on an around-the-world sailing trip when they were taken hostage off of Oman.

 

WASHINGTON — A California couple and two other Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates were mortally wounded Tuesday morning by their captors, shortly before a U.S. special operations team boarded the hijacked vessel, killed two of the pirates and captured the rest, U.S. military officials said.

Some of the victims were still alive when they were found by the U.S. team and were given first aid, but all four died, said Adm. Mark Fox, the commander of U.S. naval forces in the region.

The owners of the yacht Quest, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey and another couple, Phyllis Macay and Robert Riggle of Seattle, were on an around-the-world sailing trip when they were taken hostage by pirates Friday off of Oman.

“We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest,” said Gen. James N. Mattis, U.S. Central Command Commander.

Fox told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday that the incident was the deadliest one he could recall involving U.S. citizens held by pirates.

A flotilla of U.S. naval vessels had been shadowing the yacht, known as the Quest, for three days and conducted negotiations over the weekend in an effort to free the two couples as the yacht made its way south toward Somalia , said Lt. Commander Mike Lawhorn, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean.

There were signs of divisions among the 19 pirates during the hostage standoff, U.S. officers said. On Monday, two of them came aboard one of the Navy vessels, the USS Sterret, for face-to-face negotiations and did not return to the yacht.

The incident turned fatal Tuesday morning when the pirates fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the Sterret, which missed, and U.S. naval personnel heard gunshots coming from the yacht. At that point, a team of 15 special-operations forces boarded the yacht.

“As they responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the Quest, the forces discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors,” according to a U.S. military account of the incident.

Fox said he had no details of the negotiations with the pirates and declined to comment when asked if the U.S. had planned to prevent the hostages from being taken ashore if the yacht reached Somalia.

After the grenade was fired at the Sterret, several pirates came on deck with their hands raised, as if trying to surrender, Fox said. The gunfire erupted on board almost immediately. But U.S. officers said it was not known whether the hostages had made an escape attempt or whether disagreements among the pirates prompted the shots.

“I can presume inside the vessel there was a lot of small-arms fire,” Fox said, but he noted that the special forces team did not have to fight its way onto the yacht.

As the U.S. special forces team cleared the vessel, it discovered two pirates who already were dead. Another two were killed by U.S. personnel, one by gunfire and one by a knife, Fox said.

“A pirate was killed by a special operations force members with a knife while clearing the interior of the vessel,” Fox said.

In all, 15 pirates are in U.S. custody and will be held for possible prosecution, Fox said.

The FBI is investigating the deaths, Fox said.

Fox said there were indications that the pirates who took the Quest came from a “mother ship,” a larger vessel that operates far from Somalia and can dispatch teams to hijack multiple ships.

U.S. officials have said recently that as the U.S.-led effort to guard ships against Somali attacks had begun reducing attacks near the Somali coast, the pirates have extended their operations hundreds of miles out into the Indian Ocean to elude multinational naval forces, which includes dozens of vessels from two dozen countries.

Along with the Sterret, a guided-missile destroyer, the U.S. naval ships involved in the operation included the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf and the USS Bulkeley, another guided-missile destroyer, according to Central Command.

They had begun tracking the yacht after being alerted that a Danish naval helicopter had seen the Quest off Oman under the pirates’ control.

Jean and Scott Adam of southern California owned the 58-foot custom-made yacht and had spent most of the last 10 years on sailing adventures to far-flung locales such as the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti and New Zealand. Posting photos and information on their website, they raved about their travels aboard the Quest. “We’ve decided to … explore Fiji like petals on a flower,” they wrote about their 2007 trip to the South Pacific.

On the trip in which they were hijacked, the Adams planned to travel across the Indian Ocean from their temporary dock in Phuket, Thailand, and then head up the Red Sea and through the Mediterranean to the Greek islands.

Friends in California said Scott Adam, 70, had previously discussed the dangers of piracy when navigating the Arabian and Red seas. Adam had considered shipping the boat to avoid the dangers of the trip but decided instead to join a rally of yachts heading to the same location, they said.

The couple, however, apparently decided to break off from the Blue Water Rally, which organized and supported the group of boats headed toward the Mediterranean.

Blue Water Rally organizers released a statement on Saturday that said the Adams chose to take an independent route from Mumbai to Salalah, Oman, and left the rally on Feb. 15. They were hijacked three days later.

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20 Responses to Somali Pirates Kill 4 American Boaters

  1. hybridtalk1 says:

    If this is what it looks like to have the rest of the world respect us because of electing Obama, let’s go back to the way things were pre-obama…

    • Hacksaw says:

      I’ve said many times that I don’t really care if other countries (especially our enemies) respect or fear us, either one is fine with me but it appears that now, neither is the case….what if the crazed & desperate Muammar Gaddafi decides to grab & hold on to a few Americans in Libya in a vain attempt to remain safe & in power? Would a rescue attempt occur if that happened? Under this timid Administration, not on your life!

  2. girlscout says:

    So let me get this straight. We’re supposed to start a War with Somalia, sacrifice young American soldiers lives, because these 4 Americans sailed in waters that were known to be dangerous? They sailed there of their own free will, clearly aware that these were pirate-infested waters. It is a tragedy that they were killed and the remaining pirates that were captured deserve to pay for their crimes, but this not worth starting a war over.
    Last month when we were going to visit Egypt, the protests in Cairo started a week before we were supposed to go there. We contacted our Travle Agent and our Tour Company and decided to proceed with our trip. We were over-ruled by the airlines a few days later. The point is….we had decided to travel of our own free will, fully knowing the situation there. I certainly would NOT have expected the US to start a war over anything that would have happened to us.

  3. Hacksaw says:

    So let me get this straight. We’re supposed to start a War with Somalia, sacrifice young American soldiers lives, because these 4 Americans sailed in waters that were known to be dangerous? They sailed there of their own free will, clearly aware that these were pirate-infested waters. It is a tragedy that they were killed and the remaining pirates that were captured deserve to pay for their crimes, but this not worth starting a war over.

    We would not be “starting a war” with Somalia, a country who supports & harbors these seagoing terrorists, we would merely be defending ourselves in the time honored tradition of using our powerful military forces to deal with international piracy, a scourge that threatens & in some cases kills citizens from Nations around the World.

    The second half of the 1st line of the Marines Hymn, “to the shores of Tripoli” recalls how Unites States Marines battled & defeated the dreaded Barbary pirates, after they had seized 2 American ships & forced their crews into slave labor.

    The Somali pirates have been hijacking & seizing ships & personnel since the early 1990s, but they dared not attack a U.S. flagged vessel until Obama was in office….I wonder why that is? Since then, they have attacked numerous American ships, capturing at least 2 of them and 5 American hostages, 1 of which was rescued by SEALs and the other 4 executed in cold blood.

    I would bet virtually anything I own that if you were to query the opinions of most of the brave men & women who compose our armed forces, and asked them if they wanted to pursue & kill the brutal thugs who capture vessels, hold hostages for ransom and kill some of them, to include 4 elderly, unarmed Americans who’s only crime was sailing around & handing out bibles, the response from the majority of our brave troops would probably be, “Let me at them!”

    Last month when we were going to visit Egypt, the protests in Cairo started a week before we were supposed to go there. We contacted our Travle Agent and our Tour Company and decided to proceed with our trip. We were over-ruled by the airlines a few days later. The point is….we had decided to travel of our own free will, fully knowing the situation there. I certainly would NOT have expected the US to start a war over anything that would have happened to us.

    Had you & retired guy travelled to Egypt, even against the advice offered by some and met with some misfortune, I would not insinuate that it was your fault simply for having been there. If our naval & Marine forces were to attack these seagoing criminals, we would not be alone in doing so….no “American bullies acting alone & imposing it’s will on people who don’t agree with them”, as many detractors like to claim:

    In November of 2008, the Indian Navy warship INS Tabar sank a suspected pirate “mother ship”. Later, it was claimed to be a Thai trawler being hijacked by pirates.The Indian Navy later defended its actions by stating that they were fired upon first.

    In April of 2009, after an attack on the Handytankers Magic, a petroleum tanker, the Dutch frigate De Zeven Provinciën tracked the pirates back to a pirate “mother ship” and captured them. They confiscated the pirates weapons and freed 20 Yemeni fishermen whom the pirates had kidnapped and who had been forced to sail the pirate “mother ship”

    Also in April of 2009, French President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered a daring raid to recapture a French yacht that had been hijacked 8 days prior. French commandos stormed the vessel and recaptured it, losing 1 French sailor & 1 hostage in the process, but they rescued 4 other hostages, to include a 3 year old boy and they killed a few pirates, and captured 12 of them.

    On January 15th of this year, 13 Somali pirates seized a Maltese-flagged chemical carrier operated by Samho. The Republic of Korea Navy destroyer Choi Young shadowed the carrier for several days. In the early morning of On January 21st, twenty-five ROK Navy SEALs on small boats launched from the Choi Young boarded the vessel while their destroyer provided covering fire. 8 pirates were killed and 5 captured in the operation, the crew of 21 was freed with the Captain suffering a gunshot wound to the stomach.

    On January 28th, an Indian Coast Guard aircraft while responding to a distress call from the CMA CGM Verdi, located two skiffs attempting a piracy attack near Lakshadweep. Seeing the aircraft, the skiffs immediately aborted their piracy attempt and dashed towards the mother vessel, MV Prantalay 14 – a hijacked Thai trawler, which hurriedly hoisted the two skiffs onboard and moved westward. The Indian Navy deployed the INS Cankarso which located and engaged the mothership 100 nautical miles north of the Minicoy island. 10 pirates where killed while 15 were apprehended and 20 Thai and Myanmarese fishermen being held aboard the ship as hostages were rescued.

    Within a week of its previous success, the Indian Navy captured another hijacked Thai trawler, MV Prantalay 11 and captured 28 pirates aboard in an operation undertaken by the INS Tir purusuant to receiving information that a Greek merchant ship had been attacked by pirates on board high-speed boats, although it had managed to avoid capture. When INS Tir ordered the pirate ship to stop and be boarded for inspection, it was fired upon. The INS Tir returned fire in which 3 pirates were injured and caused the pirates to raise a white flag indicating their surrender. The INS Tir subsequently joined by CGS Samar of the Indian Coast Guard. Officials from the Indian Navy reported that a total of 52 men were apprehended, but that 24 are suspected to be Thai fishermen who were hostages of the 28 African pirates.

    In addition to our own SEALs rescuing Captain Phillips of the Maersk Alabama in early 2009, military forces from India, the Netherlands, France & Korea have all engaged these pirates recently but we have the technology & forces capable of completely taking them out if we truly wanted to, and they have given us more than enough justification to do just that.

  4. therealgirlscout says:

    Just the answer I expected from a Military Man.

    • Hacksaw says:

      It’s more like, “a proud, unapologetic American”!

      I would still feel the exact same way even if I had never served in our Armed Forces – when a group of international criminals murders unarmed & peaceful American citizens, it pisses me off – I felt the same anger when that 69 year-old wheelchair bound man (Leon Klinghoffer) was shot & thrown overboard just for being an American when the Italiian cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked in 1985 and I would consider re-enlisting today if it meant that I could personally go after these punks, and assist in ending their long standing reign of terror – unfortuantey, we don’t currently have a Commander in Chief with the force of will to order or authorize what really needs to be done to solve this persistent problem, so their brutal & deadly attacks will undoubtedly continue.

  5. therealgirlscout says:

    Some of these incidents you mentioned happened before or during Bush’s presidency. Why didn’t he take care of them?

    • Hacksaw says:

      The Somali pirates had never dared to attack or even approach any U.S. flagged vessel until George W. Bush was out of office, and the wimpy junior Senator from Illinois had replaced him.

      When we were attacked on Bush’s watch, he responded with military force which is why we were not attacked at home again after 9/11, until nearly a decade later when Obama was in office and now there seems to be a new attack or attempt just about every month or so, most of them by Islamic extremists but our Government will not even say that phrase, much less show any backbone when it comes to dealing with the continuous threat that they pose to us & our citizens around the globe.

  6. therealgirlscout says:

    Somehow, I have a feeling these acts would have been committed even if McCain was elected. I can’t see the terrorists sitting around the table thinking, “Hmm – we better not carry out our dastardly attacks because McCain is President.” Sheesh.

  7. Hacksaw says:

    When terrorists & those who support them weigh the potential consequences of carrying out attacks, exactly who is leading the area they target & the possible response is definitly considered, especially if that country is a nuclear power. The homicide bomber who intends to die carrying out the attack does not care about these issues, but the “leaders” who finance & support them, but also plan to live on after the attack is completed most certainly ponder the potential consequences of their planned actions.

    After all, what is Senator McCain best known for? His courage, (after all, McCain spent more time as a POW in Hanoi than Obama spent in the U.S. Senate before ascending to the Presidency) his military prowess and most of all, a hot & quick temper!

    Had he been elected, we could’ve just taken a picture of his trembling index finger positioned right above “the button” and mailed it out to every dictator around the globe as a deterrent. Although most of our new Presidents are tested shortly after taking office and McCain may have been as well, there would be no doubt in anyone’s mind that not only would he authorize military action if need be, he would probably fly one of the planes himself!

    Do you honestly think anyone around the World actually fears or worries about angering President Obama? Is there anyone out there who wants to attack us but exercises caution for fear of our response to such action? The carefully worded but empty rhetoric that Obama spews in response for every crisis that he is caught woefully unprepared for does not exactly have any murderous thug or dictator shaking in their boots….

    • therealgirlscout says:

      Well, since McCain wasn’t elected, we’ll never know, will we? It’s all speculation.

      • Hacksaw says:

        In a way, that’s a good thing in the long term…had McCain been elected, he would’ve tried to hard to “reach across the aisle” and would not have accomplished much, and then he would lose to Hillary in 2012 but every “Carter” makes way for a “Reagan” and now the Republican Party is very deep with attractive candidates for years to come.

        If Senator McCain were now “President McCain” , there would probably be no TEA Party, no Governors Chris Christie (R-NJ) or Bob McDonnell (R-VA), no Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) and the GOP would almost certainly not currently control the House of Representatives, and stand poised to take control of the Senate as well in the very next election cycle.

  8. therealgirlscout says:

    Well there you go, then! Are you happy NOW?!

  9. therealgirlscout says:

    I’m always happy…..no matter WHO is President. Life is too short to be unhappy whenever someone you don’t like is in office.

    • Hacksaw says:

      I am as well – if I truly based my happiness on who was our Chief Executive, I would be melancholy for large time frames every 4 to 8 years.

      I will be “happier” no doubt, when our country is led by a competent man or woman who truly loves it and in turn seeks to make us all proud of being Americans, because we definitely don’t have that now & I miss it, but I am currently pleased by the fact that Republicans have recently gained enough seats in Congress & governorships around the land to put a halt to Obama’s sick fantasy of turning our fine Nation into yet another failed, European style socialist State.

  10. princess says:

    i would just prefer a man with some “cajones”………….not some wimp who thinks that all his yap yap yap will actually get something DONE.
    sometimes ya gotta just suck it up & be a MAN………regardless of who likes it.

    sounds like Chris Christie, Scott Walker & Kasich……………..those fine fine governers who aren’t “afraid” of a little tussell with big union.

  11. therealgirlscout says:

    They may not be afraid of a tussel with big Unions, but it may turn around and bite them in the ass come next election time. Just like everyone says it will do for Obama in the next Presidential election.

    • Hacksaw says:

      I doubt it – these Governors were elected specifically with the mandate to balance their respective States’ budgets, they cannot simply print money like our federal government can, and if they raise taxes too much, then businesses & other affluent people will flee their States for greener pastures. The newly elected Republican Governors are making the hard choices that are necessary to get their State’s finances in order, and their constituents appreciate them for it.

  12. princess says:

    hack: The newly elected Republican Governors are making the hard choices that are necessary to get their State’s finances in order, and their constituents appreciate them for it.
    key word there HARD choices………..
    most of us have already had to make those same HARD choices to balance our OWN budgets…………
    why shouldn’t our governments? it’s OUR money, not THEIRS and NOT the UNIONS.
    it’s OURS and the republican/tea party WAVE of elections has shown that we CAN balance budgets and CUT CUT CUT just like the little non union people have been FORCED to.
    again, i remind everyone the bottom line of this recession is the CRA of 1974. designed by & implemented by the DEMOCRATS simply to create a crisis they can’t afford to WASTE.
    and who is the biggest block of democrat voters? UNIONS UNIONS UNIONS.
    and now THEY are paying the price just like the REST of us have been forced to.

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