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Old 11-07-2010, 04:23 PM   #1
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One sailor shot for refusing to disembark - thought to be a South African or British National.

A woman and a boy hostages were taken into a jungle area near a Southern Somalia coastal town.

The story is as yet unconfirmed.

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Man is not South African.

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Man is not South African.

Report - HERE
South African or not, still a disgusting state of affairs, when are the the Navy's of the world gonna step up to the plate and take control of this situation.
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Not any time soon. Most definitively not the UK Navy. As the Con-Dem government is getting rid of even more of the Military and insuring that Britain has no teeth what so ever at all.
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The skipper is apparently safe:

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...rates-20101108
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There is possibly two different yachts intertwined in this very fragmented story. A different pirate attack happened on another yacht that ran aground on one of the outer islands of the Seychelles on Sunday. Perhaps we will get to the bottom of this story shortly.
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The story is now coming together. The (ONE) yacht was taken in the Seychelles and sailed up to Somalia..

From "The Mercury" - SA newspaper.

09 November 2010, 00:11

A South African yachtsman who was held captive with his crew for days after pirates hijacked his yacht off the Kenyan coast has been rescued by a European warship and was taken to Nairobi yesterday.

But two others who had been on board the yacht are still being held hostage on the mainland in Somalia.

The South African couple, Bruno Pelizzari and his girlfriend Deborah, who had lived on the Bluff in Durban until they set sail for Madagascar a year ago, were on board the hijacked yacht which was headed back to Richards Bay from Dar es Salaam. They were said to have been with the skipper, a man named Peter.

Pelizzari’s family, distraught at the news and fearing for his safety, confirmed yesterday that the two were still captive in Somalia. They and authorities from the Department of International Relations and Co-operation say Peter, a South African, who refused to disembark the yacht during the hijacking, was safe in custody in Nairobi. He had been transported by a Dutch naval ship. The yacht had been hijacked on November 1.

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane confirmed two South Africans were abducted and a third was under the protection of officials of the SA High Commission in Nairobi.

“The Department is rendering consular assistance. We conveyed our thoughts and prayers to the families during this trying time,” she said.

Although there were earlier reports of a man being shot and a child and a woman taken hostage into a jungle, Pelizzari’s family members and government authorities say this is not true. Pelizzari, a South African of Italian descent, however, has been described as being a small man, so it could have been assumed that a child was kidnapped.

The family is frustrated at not being able to get detailed information on Pelizzari’s welfare, and is deeply concerned for his safety.

Vera Pelizzari, Bruno’s sister, was emotional last night as she feared releasing information which could jeopardise his safety. But she was also worried about information being stifled and her brother’s plight then not being properly attended to.

“Everything is still so fresh, and they (authorities) haven’t even made contact yet to start negotiations, so we do not want to hamper any deals which may be reached,” she said, adding that incorrect media reports and subsequent hype was “making it worse for us” and possibly placing her younger brother’s safety at risk. “We simply do not have the money to pay for ransom.”

Although there has not been any talk yet of ransom or negotiation proceedings, the family is bracing themselves for the possibility. Until then, they are desperately trying to assist the department in ensuring Bruno is released.

Barry Turner, commodore at the Bluff Yacht Club where the couple were members before heading off on their voyage, said both were “quiet” people. He described Bruno as “an IT boff” and a member of the club for five or six years.

He said they had set off for Madagascar, but were assisting another yachtsman in bringing a vessel back to Richard’s Bay.

The trio were said to have departed from Dar es Salaam on October 21.

Details of the hijacking are sketchy, but it appears that once the yacht had been hijacked off the Kenyan coast, the pirates forced the crew to sail it to Baraawe in Somalia.

It was spotted near Baraawe on Saturday by the EU Navfor French warship, the FS Floreal. The EU Navfor – which is tasked to protect merchant vessels carrying aid to Somalia, and also deters and disrupts piracy in the region – said on its website yesterday that the yacht had been seen “sailing suspiciously close to shore”.

“Despite numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact the yacht, including a fly-past by the ship’s helicopter, no answer was received, and the French warship launched her boarding team to investigate further. Upon approaching, the team came under fire from the yacht and a Mayday call was received, making it clear pirates were on board and the crew of three were under their control,” the EU Navfor said.

The warship stayed nearby the pirated vessel. Early on Sunday the yacht ran aground.

“As a result of the grounding, the pirates attempted to remove the three crew members ashore. The South African skipper of the yacht refused to leave his vessel and the pirates left with the remaining two crew members as hostages. Once the pirates had left, the skipper was rescued by the warship FS Floreal,” the EU Navfor said.

Sources also say that Bruno and Deborah “walked” with the pirates from the ship, so at that stage they appeared to have been unharmed.

“The whereabouts of the other crew members is currently unknown, despite a comprehensive search by an EU Navfor helicopter,” the EU Navfor said.

Andrew Mwangura, co-ordinator of the East African Seafarers Assistance Programme, said he assumed the yacht had been towed to Mombasa.

“It is the scene of a crime, so it will be investigated,” he said.

Asked why the yacht had been drifting so close inshore, Mwangura said: “I think the pirates were looking for a place to hide.”

Mwangura said since September 28 there had been 16 pirate attacks on vessels off the coast of Kenya and Tanzania.

“Of these five were hijacked: a tanker, a cargo ship, a container ship, a fishing vessel and the yacht. The pirates operating off our coast are the same pirates operating off Somalia. They do it for commercial gain,” he said.

Karl Otto of the Maritime Rescue Co-ordinating Centre in Cape Town said yesterday that the Department of International Relations and Co-operation was handling the hostage situation.

“They’ve got a couple of people who may be negotiating. We’ve been told to pass on any information to them,” Otto said.

Asked if the pirates were demanding ransom, Otto said: “I’ve not heard of a figure yet, but that’s the name of the game.”

l In recent years Somali pirates have captured yachts from Germany, France and the UK. The British case involved Paul and Rachel Chandler, who were hijacked more than a year ago off Seychelles. They remain captive, along with several hundred other foreign sailors.

The pirates’ aim is to extract ransoms, which can be huge. On Saturday, a pirate gang claimed to have received a record $9.5m (R65m) to release the Samho Dream, a South Korean oil supertanker captured in April.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:55 AM   #8
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Another report:

South African skipper escapes Somali pirates



Yachtsman refuses to leave hijacked vessel after it runs aground, while crew members taken ashore as hostages

A South African yachtsman held captive by Somali pirates for several days has escaped after the hijacked vessel ran aground, but two of his fellow hostages have been taken on to the mainland.

The yacht, which is believed to have been attacked off the Kenyan coast last week, was located by the European Union's anti-piracy force (Navfor) as the vessel sailed "suspiciously close" to Barawa, in southern Somalia on Saturday. A French warship, the Floreal, attempted to make contact, flying its helicopter low past the vessel.

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When there was no response, a naval team approached the yacht, only to be fired at, according to a Navfor statement. A subsequent mayday call from the yacht confirmed that pirates were in control.

Still under surveillance by the warship, the yacht ran aground yesterday. When the pirates tried to move their hostages ashore the skipper reportedly refused.

Initial reports from Somalia suggested he had been shot dead. But the EU force said today that he had been rescued from the yacht by the French navy once the pirates left.

"He is confirmed as being safe and is currently on board another EU Navfor warship," the statement said.

Two crew members were taken ashore, and have not yet been located despite an extensive aerial search. Reports have suggested the hostages are a male and a female of South African nationality.

In recent years Somali pirates have captured yachts from Germany, France and the UK. The British case involved Paul and Rachel Chandler, who were hijacked more than a year ago off Seychelles. They remain hostage, along with several hundred other foreign sailors.

The pirates' aim is to extract ransoms, which can be huge. On Saturday, a pirate gang claimed to have received a record $9.5m (£5.9m) to release the Samho Dream, a South Korean oil supertanker captured in April.

Report from: http://www.guardian....-somali-pirates
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