March 1, 2011
According to a post on the Pacific Puddle Jump Yahoo Group, S/V Bebe informs us that “The name of the yacht is ING. From our daily SSB net and then further emails with other boats currently out there, we learned Feb 25 about this capture. We have not said anything because felt it was up to authorities to make this news public. And we fervently hoped something was being done to rescue them and did not want to jeopardize that. We were rafted next to ING in Sri Lanka; they were against the concrete wharf and we were tied on the outside, so we had to climb across their boat and back every time we went ashore. They are a very nice and gentle family. They gave us a cake minutes before they left Sri Lanka. Such nice and quiet, gentle people. Their courtesy flag was handmade by the children — drawn and colored with crayons on blank paper and then inserted into a plastic sleeve. This is a small boat. We wondered how 7 people could manage with such a limited amount of water on long passages.
We had a discussion with the captain/father about piracy worries. He said that he felt okay about going because no yacht had ever been taken when following Jimmy Cornell’s recommended route and the IRTZ. This was before we updated our charting of the piracy attacks and learned of the extreme increase this year and that pirates were now blanketing the entire northern Indian Ocean. None of us had heard about the rioting in Egypt at that time. Tunisia was already calmed and none of the other countries were yet rioting. It still looked okay to continue up the Red Sea.
ING departed Sri Lanka on a Sunday afternoon en route to the Maldives. We departed the following day and sailed to Cochin. Upon arrival in Cochin we learned about the Egyptian riots and we also updated our piracy chart — which caused us to abandon any ideas of sailing up the Red Sea and to ship our boat to Turkey.” S/V BeBe
February 28, 2011
This just in…
Fox News reported online that Pirates reportedly have hijacked a Danish sailboat with four adults and three children on board this past February 25th.
The ship was hijacked Thursday while traveling through the Indian Ocean and is now on its way to Somalia, Denmark’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Charlotte Slente told DR News, a national TV News channel in Denmark.
A Danish couple, their three children and two technicians were on board the sailboat, DR News reported.
Navy Operational Command started investigating immediately after receiving a distress signal from the Danish boat, Slente said.
All relatives of those on board the boat have been informed of the events and are in close contact with the Danish authorities, Slente told the station.
“This is a very difficult situation – even to relatives. Not least because there are children involved, and therefore we are asking the Danish media about being gentle on the relatives, ” she said.
For security reasons the Ministry would not supply any further details on the missing passengers, DR News reported.
Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen said she was “deeply concerned” about the situation and expressed her sympathies to the Danes on the boat and their relatives.