March 01, 2011

Danish yacht captured

Sydney Morning Herald "Pirates in the Arabian Sea have hijacked a yacht carrying seven Danish passengers, including three children." By David Goodman

'The Danish Foreign Ministry said there were seven people on the Danish yacht, which was captured on Thursday, including a man and a woman, their three children between the ages of 12 and 16, and two crew members. The ministry did not say why it had waited several days to make the announcement.

'It was not clear how many pirates boarded the yacht or whether they were Somalis.

'Ecoterra International, a group that monitors pirate attacks, said the yacht had been hijacked in the southern Arabian Sea, far from the Horn of Africa, but appeared to be heading towards Somalia.

'"Naturally, I am deeply concerned over the situation, especially as there are children involved, and I can only express my utter disdain for the pirates' actions," the Danish Foreign Minister, Lene Espersen, said.

'Along with the US Navy, Danish naval ships are part of international anti-piracy patrols in the waters of the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. Denmark has favoured negotiation over taking an aggressive posture towards pirates.'

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