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Old 29-10-2009, 16:28   #1
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Hostages Taken off Somalia

I just heard the tail end of the news about a couple abducted off their sailboat off the coast of Somalia... anyone heard any more???
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Vic, have a look at this thread: Rival 38 'Lynn Rival' EPIRB Activated - No Information

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Thanks Tao, I was not aware of what was going on.......just heard it on the news this afternoon.
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Paul and Rachel Chandler, held captive, but currently alive and well...

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As of a few hours ago, the BBC reported that the couple (Paul and Rachel Chandler) were alive and well, being held captive on board a container ship ("Kota Wajah") about 1 mile off the Somali coast....
(this is a Singapore-flagged container ship, which appears to have also been seized by Somali pirates, and being used as a pirate "mother ship".....???)

Their boat, the Lynn Rival, was located empty and adrift (and apparently stripped of everything of value) by a British war ship.....

Here's the latest report from the BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/engl ... 332163.stm

I know I'm not alone in wishing them well, and praying for their release soon....

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Time to place a 911 call to Seal Team 1
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I suspect SBS teams will sort it out
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Their boat, the Lynn Rival, was located empty and adrift (and apparently stripped of everything of value) by a British war ship.....

The thing that is unfortunate is even if we have no money we loose everything, the boat and our families money. Whereas a container shiop only the company gets screwed.

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It's unfortunate what happened to these two people, but anyone that insists on sailing in known troubled waters is plain stupid.
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Hold on Jiffy.
Were you aware the Somali pirates were active around the Seychelle Islands because I sure wasn't.
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Hold on Jiffy.
Were you aware the Somali pirates were active around the Seychelle Islands because I sure wasn't.
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Yes, John, for a while now. They are getting further south and welll east. Up to 1,000nms from the coast.
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Reminds me of what my Dive Master used to say about diving the Farallones...

'People, DO NOT dress up as shark's favorite food and go swim in their dining room!'

I can see how it would be easy to think 'it won't happen to us' until it does. I hope they come thru this safely.

In cases like this will their boat be held for them somewhere? It sounded like it was found, but nothing was said about if it was recovered.

Last I read they have been taken to land, to a village, and spotted by residents.
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I hope they come thru this safely.
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In cases like this will their boat be held for them somewhere? It sounded like it was found, but nothing was said about if it was recovered.
The Navy does not pop prize crews on board anymore. They would have sunk it as a nav threat.
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well that double sucks... but I guess it sort of makes sense...
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This from the bbc article.

The yacht, the Lynn Rival, which was found in international waters, had been secured by the Royal Navy and was being escorted to shore.

So it still double sucks but it sounds like the boat minus a bunch is floating.
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Hold on Jiffy.
Were you aware the Somali pirates were active around the Seychelle Islands because I sure wasn't.
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Yes I am aware. Read this Noonsite: Seychelles: Cruising Couple Kidnapped by Somali Pirates
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