Hijacked American Yacht Nears Coast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Two pirates and a Somalia official say a hijacked yacht with four Americans onboard is nearing the Somali coast, and that it's being shadowed by a warship.

The three say the yacht Quest is in the waters between Yemen and northern Somalia. One pirate gave his name as Bile Hussein, the second gave his name only as Hassan, who said he is in contact with pirates on the Quest. The Puntland official asked not to be named because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly.

Hussein said a warship with a helicopter on its deck is near the Quest.

Four Americans sailing around the world are aboard the yacht, which was hijacked off Oman on Friday. If they are taken to land, it would likely lengthen their hostage ordeal considerably.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 20, 2011 at 05:36 PM
    Take them out, no if's and or butts. Enough is enough, we have the best trained people in the world with the resources to take care of this.
  • by the usa government Location: america on Feb 20, 2011 at 04:12 PM
    we would like to help you americans but weare all tied up in egept right now.
  • by Ed Location: Tallahassee on Feb 20, 2011 at 01:42 PM
    Folks, with increasing populations and declining resources this is going to get alot worse.
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