Friday, April 11, 2008

Update - Somali Pirates Release Hostages

Just a follow up on something we posted about last week:

Paris, France (CNN) -- Pirates have released the 30-member crew of a luxury French yacht that was hijacked a week ago off the coast of Somalia, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday.

The French armed forces resolved the hostage-taking without incident, Sarkozy said in a statement that gave no details.

Sarkozy thanked the French army and other state officials who helped negotiate the release, and said he would again receive members of the hostages' families later Friday.

Pirates seized the 288-foot, three-masted yacht last Friday. No passengers were on board.

French authorities made contact with the pirates on Sunday and sent an elite intervention group to Djibouti, which borders Somalia, to reinforce negotiations, the French Foreign Ministry said.

Authorities also monitored the yacht's movements with a small Navy warship and reconnaissance aircraft, the ministry said.

It's just an excuse to show pictures of that vessel. That's all this is. An excuse to show maritime cheesecake.

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