Another family made a serious mistake. Jan Quist Johansen, his wife Birgit Marie Johansen, their sons Rune and Hjalte and their daughter Naja from Kalundborg, on the island of Sjaelland in Denmark, were hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia.
The family was trying to make their way from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean sea, via the Suez Canal, as they finished the final leg of their voyage. It's reported that in addition to the family of five, two crew members were aboard when pirates boarded the ship, took control and began sailing towards their headquarters in Somalia.
The family were sailing the 43-foot Dynamic 43 yacht S/V ING. They had been blogging their journey and were aware that four Americans were murdered only two days before aboard their yacht the Quest, when the United States military tried to rescue the two couples aboard after pirates hijacked the pleasure craft.
The family was trying to get back home to Denmark by August. They'll miss that deadline. The pirates have publicly threatened to murder the family if a rescue mission is attempted, just as the Americans days before were murdered. The ransom for the family is expected to be somewhere between $1-5 million.
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