Last month we heard the news of the S/V Quest sailboat and its crew being held hostage by Somalian pirates. We hoped for a happy ending to this tragic tale, but unfortunately there was not.
Piracy in Somalia has been a problem for years. There’s even a movie slated about this topic with Tom Hanks. He is set to play Captain Richard Phillips, the head of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked off the coast of Somalia by pirates in 2009.
In a recent statement about the S/V Quest, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, Janice K. Fedarcyk, wants to make it clear that those involved in piracy will not escape justice:
“These 14 men are alleged to have been willing to do anything, including killing their hostages, in a vain attempt to obtain ransom. Today’s charges should send a clear message to those who attempt to engage in piracy against Americans or American vessels—even on the open ocean, you are not beyond the reach of American justice.”
Piracy, obviously, is a valid concern—even when you’re on vacation. Therefore, it’s important that wherever you choose to travel, you do extensive research concerning the safety of your journey—not only the destination, but also the stops in-between.
If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact Global Marine Insurance. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.