How horrible. I can't imagine the terror of their final minutes.
I had a feeling this would end this way, though. After the Maersk Alabama
the pirates talked about killing Americans in retribution. And they had to know that they faced death by sniper if they got into a similar standoff with the US Navy
. Makes me wonder why they took this boat in the first place, so far offshore
with so much time for armed response. Unless they gambled on taking the Quest without an emergency
call getting out. . ..
Anyway, rest in peace, my cruising kindred spirits.