Pirate Hostage Killed in Raid
April 10, 2009 – Off the Somalia Coast
On April 4, the French-flagged 47-ft Colin Archer-designed Tanit, bound for Kenya and 500 miles off the Somali coast, was seized by Somali pirates who took the yacht's five passengers — two couples and a three-year-old boy — hostage. The French Navy has steadfastly refused to negotiate with pirates in the past, and this morning reaffirmed their committment to that policy by storming Tanit. One of the hostages and two pirates were killed in the raid, with three other pirates arrested. There's no word on the identity of the slain hostage, other than it wasn't the child.