[BREAKING] Pentagon: Former Newport Beach Couple Killed Aboard Yacht By Somali Pirates

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The Adams
UPDATE, FEB. 22, 6:51 A.M.: The Pentagon reports all four passengers aboard a  yacht that was hijacked by Somali pirates are dead, including the former Newport Beach couple who owned the S/V Quest.

A Navy warship was following the S/V Quest and U.S. officials were negotiating with the pirates for the safe return of the captured Americans when gunshots were heard this morning, reports the Department of Defense.

Yacht owners Scott and Jean Adam and their guests, Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle, were murdered. All 19 pirates who overtook the yacht are now accounted for: Two were killed in a gunfight that ensued as U.S. forces boarded the craft, and 13 were captured. Two had previously been captured, and two had already been killed.



ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 21, 3:13 P.M.: A U.S. Navy warship and helicopters are trailing a  yacht they believe has been taken over by Somali pirates and is owned by a Marina del Rey couple who purposely charted a course into waters known to be teeming with bandits of the sea.

Scott and Jean Adam, who once lived in Newport Beach and have used Orange Coast College sailing students as crew members in the past, are believed to be aboard their yacht with Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle.

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Scott Adam
The Adams, who began a world tour in 2004, have been passing out bibles while on their travels. The pastor of their Santa Monica church said this morning the congregation is now praying for their safe return.

Scott Adam indicated several weeks ago he was concerned about pirate activity off Somalia, but unlike other yacht owners who have their rigs shipped through the dangerous waters, he insisted on sailing his tub, dubbed the S/V Quest, himself.

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Jean Adam
He sailed in relative safety through dangerous Indian Ocean waters with the Blue Water Rally sailing group, but for reasons unknown, the S/V Quest broke off from the others and went it alone sometime around Tuesday.

Pirates are believed to have boarded off the coast of Oman on Friday.

The S/V Quest website, which includes Scott's and Jean's respective e-mail addresses, indicates the yacht is their home and their snail mail is collected at the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey.

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Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Life is not like the movies. The "Good" do not always win, (or even survive for that matter) my thoughts are as follows. 1, Right or wrong the pirates from Somalia started their actions in retaliation to wealthy World Corporations that do what they want, whatever...Dumping their toxic waste in Somalian waters, the damages to the Somalians have been catastrophic. (Just old news I remember reading).2. These people even though they believed they were well intentioned were stupid. Unarmed wealthy white people with any brains do not make unguarded contact with starving poor American hating Africans. Such contacts are made with assistance from third parties friendly with both parties. (Even though it would be a great fairy tale if it succeeded) passing bibles to Somalians will not work.

The Media seems to have forgotten that angle of the story, is it any wonder, are they perhaps owned or involved with some of the very interests perhaps profiting from the dumping. But involved or not they profit from the Pirates being demonized. Imagine if Green Peace had been side by side with the pirates? I am not being a bleeding heart in this case, however I AM expressing my major mistrust of our medias reporting.

Hey, How about those workers revolting in WI!

briansays
briansays

i'm sorry for their families butevangelicals seeking to hand out bibles along the way to these barbarians??what were they not thinking?that jesus would protect them somehow??like naive liberal students going hiking along the iran bordelike activist film makers wandering around the north korean borderlook this ain't rocket sciencethese are nasty people and they hate Americansstay away and stop creating messes that you expect the government to get you out of

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Gredderer
Gredderer

Rich white people taking a yacht in those water is like drive a bran new Mercedes into a black neighborhood and asking .. "Anybody got change for a hundred ?"

Your going to get jacked !!!!

Anybody see Bait Car on TV ?? How about Bait Boat ? …. African style

Shockatelly
Shockatelly

Hopefully, as part of their mission, this couple was doing something more than just handing out bibles on their cruise around the world aboard a 58 foot yacht. Was a tax write-off involved?

Eric
Eric

On the one hand, these people should not have veered off course; their do-gooderism may seem admirable; but on the other hand, it cost them their lives.

When you consider that their in Somali territory, that makes the danger all the worse. All you have to do is look at Seattle, WA, or Minneapolis, MN, where large numbers of these Somali animals have migrated.

They are BARBARIC.

the angels suck
the angels suck

Guess they shouldn't have gone off the course they were supposed to be on.

Rk01701
Rk01701

Baloney, just do it.........

Angels Fan
Angels Fan

GordonNot as easy as you think!!

Gordon
Gordon

The Navy needs to just stop the boat by whatever means needed. Cut in front of it to stop it's forward progress, Rescue the Yachters and KILL the Pirates !

Clawy
Clawy

You are such a douche. Where's your fucking compassion ass fuck

Bobo
Bobo

or signal the Adams to jump and then shoot a Tomahawk cruise missle into the pirates! Tom Cruise could play the lead in the movie!

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