February 19, 2011 by staff
Quest is a sloop of 58 pilots Davidson house belonging to John and Adam Scott, a couple who are seven years into their journey around the world in California. Their SPOT tag indicates that their position is currently in India, however, that the last updated position suggests their last port of call. They were en route from India to Mina Raysut, the industrial port of Salalah, Oman when they were hijacked.
(AP) – United Nations Mission in Somalia said on Friday that pirates hijacked a yacht carrying four U.S. citizens in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Somalia.Omar Jamal, first secretary of the Somalia mission, identified the vessel as the Quest S / V, He said that the mission calls for the immediate release of hostages and all other captives who are in the hands of pirates.
Jamal said the diversion raises “serious concern” as it follows the sentencing in New York on Thursday, a Somali pirate who abducted and assaulted the captain of a merchant ship flying the American flag off the coast of Africa in 2009. Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse was sentenced to 33 years in prison.
A website describing the journey of a yacht named S / V Quest he describes as the home of John and Adam Scott. The couple sailed around the world since December 2004, according to the site. “This should be a journey of eight or ten years,” he said.
The Adams run a department of the Bible, according to their website, and distributed Bibles in schools and churches in remote villages in areas including Fiji, Alaska, New Zealand, Central America and French Polynesia.
The couple is members of the Marina del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, California, according to the site. A woman who answered the phone Friday night he would not confirm that the couple are members and said that the club could not disclose information.
Earlier Friday, the force of the EU anti-piracy work said it appeared that Somali pirates hijacked a ship separate the Alfardous, and eight crewmembers in the Gulf of Aden. The force said he had no details on the ship since it was seized on Sunday.
Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, and piracy has developed from its coast. Ransoms pirates earn millions of hijackings. They were holding 29 ships and about 660 hostages before the latest crisis.
Jamal said the mission again calls upon the international community to help curb the increasing acts of piracy.
Also Friday, Interpol said it would assist seven African countries to better fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia.
The program would cost and 2.17 million (€ 1.6 million), said Pierre-Saint-Hilaire, the deputy director of Interpol’s work force maritime piracy.
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