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post #2 of Old 06-24-2008
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Hey now that's a weird one. It appears to be purely a kidnapping for ransom. The pirates didn't even want the boat itself, just took the people.

Although I am on record as saying that the possibility of being a victim of piracy is vastly over stated I cannot undertsand why anyone would choose to take that route through the Red Sea in this day and age.

Admittedly I don't know the statistics on how many yachts go that way each year v how many get attacked.

BTW, In this particular incident they had run low on fuel and were approaching the Somali coast.

Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)

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