Only four days in and already the week has been a busy one on the piracy front. We have three important news items for your perusal:
1. Danish Hostages Released
The keen-eyed amongst you will have noticed that we Tweeted yesterday the fantastic news that the Danish family, who were captured by pirates six months ago, have been released. Jan Quist Johansen, his wife, Birgit Marie, their sons Rune and Hjalte and their daughter Naja were captured along with two crew on 24 February as their 47ft yacht, ING, was seized in the Indian Ocean while on a round-the-world voyage. The Danish government, however, seemed keen to emphasize that the ransom of $1m was paid by friends of the family, and not the government. According to Charlotte Slent, a Danish foreign ministry spokesperson, all seven “were released on Tuesday and are doing well under the circumstances.” More info here and here.
2. Chandlers Talk To BBC
We wanted to embed a clip of the Chandlers who were interviewed by the BBC the other morning but it seems we can’t include it on this page, so instead we suggest checking out the 8 minute interview here, where they talk about their 13 month ordeal. Good on them for getting back on to their boat, Lynn Rival, and no surprise to learn that they’ll be heading for the Caribbean this time! Our thanks to Sam of Cindik for the link.
3. Piracy Update On Facebook And Poll
Finally, our own @piracy_update service has a Facebook page, and to launch it we’ve started a poll where we ask: Does the prospect of piracy in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea put you off sailing between the Med and the Indian Ocean? If you want to answer the question yourself then head on over to the Piracy Update Facebook Page. And don’t forget to click the ‘Like’button!