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Old 04-04-2008, 04:58 PM
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PARIS Pirates seized control of a French luxury yacht carrying 30 crew members Friday in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia's coast, the French government and the ship's owner said.

Attackers stormed the three-mast Le Ponant as it returned without passengers from the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, toward the Mediterranean Sea, said officials with French maritime transport company CMA-CGM.

"This is a blatant act of piracy," Prime Minister Francois Fillon told reporters while on a visit to Brussels. "The Defense and Foreign Ministries are mobilized to act as quickly as possible, I hope in the coming minutes or hours to try to win the freedom of these hostages."

He did not elaborate. France has considerable military resources in the region, including a base in Djibouti and a naval flotilla circulating in the Indian Ocean.

The ship was in the high seas in the Gulf of Aden, off Somalia's coast in the Indian Ocean, the ministry said. At least some of the crew members are French. The company declined to identify any other crew member nationalities.

"French authorities are handling the situation," Jean-Emmanuel Sauvee, managing director of La Compagnie des Iles du Ponant, told reporters in the southeastern city of Marseille, where his subsidiary of CMA-CGM is based. The company did not want to comment further so as not to endanger the crew members held hostage, he said.

According to the company's Web site, the 288-foot boat features four decks, two restaurants, and indoor and outdoor luxury lounges. It can hold up to 64 passengers.

Le Ponant was next scheduled to carry passengers as part of a 10-day, 7-night trip from Alexandria, Egypt, to Valletta, Malta starting April 19. Prices started at $3,465, not including air fare or taxes.

Pirates seized more than two dozen ships off Somalia's coast last year.

Denmark's government paid a ransom to win the release in August of the crew of a Danish cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates some two months after they were taken captive.

The U.S. Navy has led international patrols to try to combat piracy in the region. Last year, the guided missile destroyer USS Porter opened fire to destroy pirate skiffs tied to a Japanese tanker.

Wracked by more than a decade of violence and anarchy, Somalia does not have its own navy, and a transitional government formed in 2004 with U.N. help has struggled to assert control.

The International Maritime Bureau, which tracks piracy, said in its annual report earlier this year that global pirate attacks rose 10 percent in 2007, marking the first increase in three years.
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Bastages!
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Why anyone would be ANYWHERE near the coast of Somalia is beyond me. There are so many notices to mariners on this subject, I simply cannot understand why this boat would be there.


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What he said. I feel anyone that boats anywhere near Somalia is practically daring Pirates to hijack them or worse.
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"Somalia lies at the mouth of the Red Sea on a major trade route between Asia and Europe via the Suez Canal."
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"Somalia lies at the mouth of the Red Sea on a major trade route between Asia and Europe via the Suez Canal."


True. But one can easily stay hundreds of miles off the coast and skirt Yemen to the north on the entrance to the Red sea. Not difficult to do and MUCH safer.


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God's speed to the hostages.

Makes me think of the story of Old Iron Sides. "Millions for defence, not one penny for tribute!"

What a messed up country Samalia is, really run by thugs.
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If I Had to run through there I would make damn sure I had a fully armed crew

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P.J. O Roarke, once wrote about Somalia, after interviewing one of the marines there ,who said "give them better arms,then seal the borders"
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A french boat seized by muslim pirates.....no way! These people are catching on to the europeans easy ways. This same thing happened not long ago to some danish sailors and the danish govt paid their ransom demands.
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