This came over the Bloomberg Wire.
Yacht Carrying Two Britons Hijacked Off Somali Coast (Update2)
2009-10-27 11:21:38.812 GMT
(Adds location of pirate attacks in final paragraph.)
By Hamsa Omar and Kitty Donaldson
Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) -- A search has been launched for a
British couple who were hijacked by pirates while traveling on a
yacht off the coast of Somalia
, a piracy
monitoring group said.
The vessel, known as the Lynn Rival, was seized after
sending out a distress
signal on Oct. 23, Andrew Mwangura, head
of the Seafarers’ Assistance Programme, said in a phone
interview today from Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. The yacht was
on its way to Tanzania, he said.
communication and then the pirates confirmed
yesterday they are holding a couple,” Mwangura said. “The
pirates’ target is always money
and they are typically gentle as
long as the people cooperate.”
attacks so far this year exceeded the total
for 2008 after a surge in incidents off the coast of Somalia,
according to the International Maritime Bureau. The number of
attacks in the Indian Ocean
off the Somali coast more than
tripled to 47, from 12 in the same period a year earlier, the
bureau said on Oct. 21.
The British Broadcasting Corp. identified the couple as
Paul and Rachel Chandler, aged 58 and 55, of Tunbridge Wells in
The yacht carrying the couple is “missing at sea” and out
of contact, a spokesman for Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth
Office, who declined to be named, said in an interview today
from London. The office is “in touch with the family
in the U.K.
and the Seychelles coastguard,” the spokesman said.
Somali pirate activity for the moment is limited to a 350-
kilometer (218-mile) stretch of Indian Ocean
coast in the center
of the country, including the pirate lairs of Garacad, Hoboyo
and Harardheere, says Ecoterra, an environmental group that
monitors the region. Somali elders in the north of the country
and Islamic militants in the south have suppressed piracy in
their areas, Ecoterra says. Somalia has lacked a central
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--With assistance from Sarah McGregor in Nairobi. Editors: Paul
Richardson, Karl Maier.
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