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Old 08-11-2010, 23:45   #106
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The Skipper has been rescued alive

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South African skipper escapes Somali pirate
Yachtsman refuses to leave hijacked vessel after it runs aground, while crew members taken ashore as hostages

A South African yachtsman held captive by Somali pirates for several days has escaped after the hijacked vessel ran aground, but two of his fellow hostages have been taken on to the mainland.

The yacht, which is believed to have been attacked off the Kenyan coast last week, was located by the European Union's anti-piracy force (Navfor) as the vessel sailed "suspiciously close" to Barawa, in southern Somalia on Saturday. A French warship, the Floreal, attempted to make contact, flying its helicopter low past the vessel.



When there was no response, a naval team approached the yacht, only to be fired at, according to a Navfor statement. A subsequent mayday call from the yacht confirmed that pirates were in control.

Still under surveillance by the warship, the yacht ran aground yesterday. When the pirates tried to move their hostages ashore the skipper reportedly refused.

Initial reports from Somalia suggested he had been shot dead. But the EU force said today that he had been rescued from the yacht by the French navy once the pirates left.

"He is confirmed as being safe and is currently on board another EU Navfor warship," the statement said.

Two crew members were taken ashore, and have not yet been located despite an extensive aerial search. Reports have suggested the hostages are a male and a female of South African nationality.

In recent years Somali pirates have captured yachts from Germany, France and the UK. The British case involved Paul and Rachel Chandler, who were hijacked more than a year ago off Seychelles. They remain hostage, along with several hundred other foreign sailors.

The pirates' aim is to extract ransoms, which can be huge. On Saturday, a pirate gang claimed to have received a record $9.5m (5.9m) to release the Samho Dream, a South Korean oil supertanker captured in April.

South African skipper escapes Somali pirate | World news | The Guardian
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It was a South African yacht, the story is here.
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A good piece from a South African newspaper

SA man escapes pirates - Crime & Courts - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za
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Guidelines for yachts considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, Yemeni and Somali waters (ISAF & MSCHOA*)

Herehttp://www.mschoa.org/YachtingGuidan...0v%202%204.pdf

Orhttp://www.sailing.org/28144.php

“...
5. It has long been common practice for yachts intending to transit the GoA to
form small informal convoys in either Djibouti, Aden or Salalah. It is
emphasized that this is a decision for individual skippers but the military forces
support this concept. If the convoy approach is to be followed it is suggested
that there is a limit of no more than five vessels in any one convoy. This is
because vessels will need to keep close to one another if they are to offer any
protection through numbers, and close station-keeping for the duration of the
voyage through the GoA may prove a strain particularly if short-handed.

6. Carriage of arms is not advised. There is a serious risk of escalation of the
levels of violence.
...”


* MSCHOA (Maritime Security Centre, Horn of Africa)
http://www.mschoa.org/Pages/default.aspx
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Tell you two experiences we had back in the 70s. Both in the South China Sea, one near Sulu Straits where a man and his wife were overtaken by a dirty white boat, and the lady slipped below, got their rifle and fired off a few rounds. It only took one shot from the pirate craft to blow her head open and she fell overboard, all in front of her young child. The baddies then came alongside, riffled the boat, took some gear and sped off. I met him and his son in Brunei, the boy hadn't spoken a word since the attack. A month later, we're out on charter taking Amateur Radio folk to an isolated reef in the uncharted zone when a rough looking fishing craft comes full speed at us, two desperadoes on board. I got out my trusty double barrel shotgun and as they come alongside, got ready to wave it in the air, but then they both cried out, "cigarettes, please!"

No moral here. But instead of a gun, maybe carry a Ham radio and know where you can find another ham to shout help if you need to.
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Heard that the Chandlers were freed by Somalian pirates this am... what great news!
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Huh? So by carrying a gun we are safer? How about they start to figure we are packing and instead of firing warning shots they circle the boat and fill it full of lead and when everything is quiet they board the boat and take what they want.

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Without arms, or at least the pirates' fear of arms, convoys provide multiple victims so would seem to invite pirates.

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Guidelines for yachts considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, Yemeni and Somali waters (ISAF & MSCHOA*)

Herehttp://www.mschoa.org/YachtingGuidan...0v%202%204.pdf

OrISAF : ISAF Publish Guidelines For Prevention Of Piracy

...
5. It has long been common practice for yachts intending to transit the GoA to
form small informal convoys in either Djibouti, Aden or Salalah. It is
emphasized that this is a decision for individual skippers but the military forces
support this concept. If the convoy approach is to be followed it is suggested
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because vessels will need to keep close to one another if they are to offer any
protection through numbers, and close station-keeping for the duration of the
voyage through the GoA may prove a strain particularly if short-handed.

6. Carriage of arms is not advised. There is a serious risk of escalation of the
levels of violence.
...

* MSCHOA (Maritime Security Centre, Horn of Africa)
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Without arms, or at least the pirates' fear of arms, convoys provide multiple victims so would seem to invite pirates.
If you have ever been on a start line of an ocean going yacht race as the gun goes bangedy you'd know that trying to zip between the yachts in a dinghy ain't a great idea. So boats in a convoy need to be close and when visitors arrive closer

The chances of seeing 5 yachts without sails up at 6 miles is negligible (the distance from the middle of the IRTC to the edge of the traffic lane.) But someone sitting on a hill on the Yemini coast can see downwards at the early morning reflection of sun off your deck. Then he has a whole day to go pick you up.

The Coalition navy is not allowed into Yemini Territorial waters (12 miles)


Why then do cruisers think 25 yacht convoys a few miles off Yemen with their sails up is a good idea?


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Too bad M79s aren't standard issue for yachtsmen. If I was crazy enough to come within 1000 miles of a pirate area, I'd like to have my retired Green Beret buddy, whose favorite weapon was the M79, along too.

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Tell you two experiences we had back in the 70s. Both in the South China Sea, one near Sulu Straits where a man and his wife were overtaken by a dirty white boat, and the lady slipped below, got their rifle and fired off a few rounds. It only took one shot from the pirate craft to blow her head open and she fell overboard, all in front of her young child. The baddies then came alongside, riffled the boat, took some gear and sped off. I met him and his son in Brunei, the boy hadn't spoken a word since the attack. A month later, we're out on charter taking Amateur Radio folk to an isolated reef in the uncharted zone when a rough looking fishing craft comes full speed at us, two desperadoes on board. I got out my trusty double barrel shotgun and as they come alongside, got ready to wave it in the air, but then they both cried out, "cigarettes, please!"

No moral here. But instead of a gun, maybe carry a Ham radio and know where you can find another ham to shout help if you need to.
I was only partly serious when I posted my answer. It is not reasonable to think that one AK-47 would do the trick.

Both Tom and I have been in the Army. He is a retired Green Beret. We've discussed carrying a firearm on board and have decided against the idea. Although I did like the story about the cruiser who picked up an old machine gun and mounted it on his deck for his passage through Somalie waters. Apparently some small boats decided not to attack him after seeing the machine gun. I think I remember that he didn't even know if the gun would work. He through it overboard afterwards.

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