Pirates strike in the Mediterranean – yacht still missing – Sail-World.com

Have you seen this hijacked yacht? Just because you don’t sail in Somali or Nigerian waters, don’t think you are safe from pirates. Just last month armed pirates attacked a 17m motor-sailer yacht in gentle Corsica, hijacking it and setting the owners and crew adrift in their life boat.

While the southern part of Caribbean waters is known to be a security area, an open piracy attack in the well-sailed waters of the Med comes as something of a shock to those who have had marvellous Mediterranean sailing holidays.

The French police were reportedly hunting for the four armed and masked pirates.

According to Europe Radio 1, no one was hurt, but the pirates snuck up on the yacht, named Armageddon, in a motor boat, Europe. The yacht had been sailing near the Îlots des Moines, north of Bonifacio, when they were taken hostage.

After holding the terrified trio captive for three hours in a cabin, the pirates loaded then them into one of the yacht’s life boats and set them adrift in the Mediterranean Sea. They eventually washed ashore near the tiny village of Campomoro, which is north of where they were attacked, at around midnight.

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