In the wake of the recent abduction of a British couple in the Indian Ocean, experts are saying that Somali pirates are traveling farther distances on the attack.
The Telegraph.co.uk reports that the couple, Paul and Rachel Chandler, both in their 50s have spent the past two years sailing the Indian Ocean and blogging about their experiences. On Thursday, October 22, they left the Seychelles heading for Tanzania on their 38-foot yacht, Lynn Rival. On Friday, however, coast guards picked up the boat’s emergency beacon and a mysterious post on their blog read “PLEASE RING SARAH.” Their vessel was located only 60 miles from the Port of Victoria in the Seychelles when the beacon was activated.
The Telegraph also reported “A pirate, named only as Hassan, said today: ‘The British couple are in our hands now. We captured them as they were touring in the Indian Ocean.’ He said the two captives were healthy and ransom demands would follow.”
This is just one in a number of recent attacks out of the normal strike zone for the pirates.
The Guardian.co.uk reports that due to the increased number of warships and increased military presence in the Gulf of Aden and east coast of Somalia, the pirates have shifted their reach to more tourist-laden locales such as the Seychelles. Yachts in the area need be aware of these recent events and keep their guard up.