23 October 2009

Incident: Lynn Rival taken

The sailboat Lynn Rival is hijacked 60NM west of Port Victoria, the Seychelles, en route to Tanzania. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 11/11/09)

Authorities later confirmed that a yacht towing a skiff is the Lynn Rival and Somali officials say that the couple aboard the craft are being held hostage in Harardhere. (Guardian, 10/29/09)

Lynn Rival was sailing from the Seychelles to Tanzania. The crew was moved to another hijacked vessel,
the container ship MV Kota Wajah moored off Ceel Huur, Somalia. It was later revealed that Royal Navy personnel on board RFA Wave Knight witnessed the transfer of the two crew from the Lynn Rival, but did not intervene for fear of causing casualties among the kidnapped couple. A ransom of $7,000,000 (£4,300,000) has been demanded.
(Wikipedia, "List of ships attacked by Somali pirates," 12/31/09)