Skip to comments.U.S. Military Prepared to Rescue Americans On Yacht Hijacked By Somali Pirates
Posted on 02/19/2011 2:03:36 PM PST by La Enchiladita
NAIROBI (KTLA) -- U.S. military officials say they're prepared to rescue four Americans who are reportedly aboard a yacht that was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.
On Friday, a distress signal was sent by the boat from the middle of the Indian Ocean, according to the French news agency AFP.
The hijacking was first reported by Ecoterra International, which monitors regional maritime activity.
Ecoterra said the S/V Quest was seized 240 nautical miles (275 miles) off the coast of Oman.
Two of the four U.S. citizens being held captive aboard the S/V Quest have been identified as Scott and Jean Adam, the owners of the boat.
The other two people have not been identified.
This piracy will continue until somebody decides to destroy the pirates in a shocking fashion.
Shouldn't we try a presidential bow first to keep the peace?
We should have SEAL teams posing as wealthy vacationers, tooling about in sailing yachts. Sort of seaborne “bait cars”, if you will. The pirates should simply disappear; no news or public reports.
Like sailing into port with the pirates decorating the ships yard arm.
The real question is why would 4 Americans put themself’s in the middle of Pirate Lane? What idiots would do that?
Is this Carter diplomacy or something?
You speak loudly if you are prepared to do nothing; and you are mum if you plan to take this jerks down.
Either the plan is to do nothing, or, worse, do take them down while allowing the perps to be prepared as well.
Well, let’s just tell the world and give the pirates a big ol’ heads up.
Sneaky as an elephant on a hockey rink.
Will this be a super-secret rescue attempt, designed to catch the pirates completely by surprise and without warning? Good plan.
I would never travel there without the Russian Navy. ( US needs Obama’s permission).
Too bad their civilian bosses in DC aren't. Look how much good a Diplo Passport does in Pakistan...
the First Agitator will probably demand a rescue using several helicopters
I want that boat and way of life..... sooooooo darn bad.
These folks have been living my dream..... I wish them well and will say a few prayers for them.
Destroy the pirates immediately. They’re easy to spot.
Well, if the worse happens, they will be ready.
And quite possibly endanger the lives of our brave fighting men and women during a rescue attempt?
I say throw a harpoon missile at any vessel in the area that might be harboring pirates, and be done with it.
Gator I ain't so sure about that pilot house in really heavy offshore weather. Hope The Mombasa Moonbeam gets them back safely. He really ought to give OUR (not his) best shot. Give his numbers a real boost! (Unfortunately)
275 miles off shore and still vulnerable means we need a bunch of dead pirates on display and their home bases torn up.
I wonder why pirates would hijack a private yacht 275 miles off shore.
No way possible they could expect to make it back to Somali without intervention
“What idiots would do that?
Christian missionaries. “
I don’t think the missionaries are on yachts.
Oh, never mind, as I read the article I see they were distributing Bibles. So I guess that makes them missionaries in a sense.
Gee, didn’t Obama already come up with a comprehensive history making plan to eliminate the pirate issue?
I know, maybe Obama took laser like decisive action during the “summer of recovery” and we just happened to miss it. Maybe Obama is “allowing this to play out” before he saves the day... kinda like he did with Iran and a few dozen other important issues.
Obama has failed at everything.
Well that confirms the idiot part. What do you bet they are paying for their long vacation by donations.
It’s not like they were anchored just off the Somali coast. The pirates are ranging to within sight of India now.
You get a free yacht when you sign on as a missionary? Kewl!
“They’re easy to spot.”
Yep. Those tricorn hats, peg legs, hooks for hands, and gold earrings are a dead giveaway.
“we need a bunch of dead pirates on display and their home bases torn up. “
Uh, what do they mean they are “prepared” for the rescue?
A curious turn of words. One would ASSUME they are “prepared”.
My guess is they are waiting for an O.K. from the Idiot in Change who is reluctant to administer much needed Yankee Justice to poor benighted villains of the third in desperate need of the same.
This has the finger prints of Obama, Holder and all the other “anti-colonist” racist bastards in the current administration.
When will Americans wake up to the fact that they put an anti-American racist in the White House?
Bring back the Q-ships!!!
And locate the pirates bases and napalm them.
I’d love to see the Navy Seals given total discretion to use this as a live training exercise. Have the SEAL team do a HALO drop aways away from the yacht, so the pirates wouldn’t ever know anyone had spotted them. Then, the only thing they would know is when the team took each one of them out silently and lethally, leaving the hostages intact. Then the bodies dumped over the side.
That’s when the rest of the exercise goes after the mother ship, rescues any further hostages and then sinks the ship. Oh, and leave one pirate alive to go back and tell all his buddies what happened.
“Man, they were like shadows. One minute we be floatin’ in the ocean, the next minute everybody be dead. Then they sank de boat. We didn’t even know where they came from!”
Ah, I can dream, can’t I?
All kidding aside, prayers for their safety.
Both excellent ideas.
Mine is to drop a fuel-air bomb on their headquarters.
I’d go for that. That would be the Air Force’s contribution. Timed for right after the one pirate got back home to tell his story to the town.
“Hey man, they were like shadows. Came out of nowhere. Killed everyone. Uh, what’s that noise? (looks up) Oh, noes...” Village wiped out by MOAB, followed by a shower of leaflets describing why it happened and what would happen the next time... if there would be a next time.
Gee thanks Odumbo lets just phone them now. Hey pirates we are on our way. we will not shot, please, pretty please turn over the four americans and we will let you go. The new Odumbo rules for peaceful disarmanent of the military to deal armed pirates and terroists. the goal is that they will see that the americans just want to their friends.
I would like to see a Trident class sub pop up about a hundred feet away from these so called pirates.
Aye, “send in t’ cabin lad, Biden. Those scurvy bilge rats would laugh themsel’es t’ death.”
Aye, me parrot concurs.
A “pirate czar”? I nominate the guy who plays the pirate in ‘Spongebob Square Pants”. More qualified than Adm. Mullens, the Meek.
“Shouldn’t we try a presidential bow first to keep the peace?”
If they’re going to mount a rescue operation you would think they’d keep their mouths shut about it.
The middle of the Indian Ocean is a very long way from anywhere.
Their capture only shows the audacity and capability of the pirate state.
I suppose the UN is too busy condemning Israel or raping civilians in Africa to actually take on the pirates.
But first barryo will have to issue an international apology.
Lets hope the pirates don’t have internet.
75 ft from the top....long ass drop!
That’s too tall for me.
That’s too tall for me.
Maybe you get tax breaks for handing out bibles at each port.
“U.S. military officials say they’re prepared to rescue four American...”
Nothing like telegraphing your punch.
Just do it. If I’m held hostage, I don’t need greeting cards to my captors that the Navy SEALS are coming to rescue me.
Surprise me - especially my captors. Thank you.
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