Four Americans captured by Somali pirates while sailing in the Indian Ocean have been shot and killed, NBC News reported Tuesday.
The two couples, Phyllis Macay, 59, and Robert Riggle, 67, of Seattle, and the yacht’s owners Jean and Scott Adam of California were on an around-the-world sailing trip when they were captured by pirates Friday.
Military officials told NBC News that about 1 a.m. ET shots were heard aboard the yacht, called Quest. Negotiations had been under way with the pirates at the time.
US forces boarded after they heard the shots and killed two pirates and captured 13. Two other pirates were already dead, though how they died wasn’t explained. Maybe the boaters killed them when initially attacked.
We are way past the time when these guys should be treated like criminals. They should be dealt with like pirates. And those that harbor them should be dealt with like those who harbor pirates.