Private yachts also face threat of piracy

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Newspapers all over the world are reporting about the private yacht that was captured by Somali pirates and then rescued by French Special Forces last week.

Florent Lemacon, the skipper of the yacht, was killed along with two Somali pirates when French forces mounted a raid on the hijacked yacht in the Indian Ocean last Friday, according to a report in The Independent. The story serves as a reminder that it’s not just commercial ships at risk from the increasingly brazen Somali pirates.

Other stories on the hijacking and rescue of the private yacht can be found at and The Daily Mail.


One comment on “Private yachts also face threat of piracy

  1. Kim Kavin

    The threat to yachts is affecting the international charter industry as far away as the Seychelles, Maldives, and Thailand. Yacht owners who keep their boats in the busy Mediterranean during the summer months do not want to risk moving them down past Somalia and into the Indian Ocean for the winter months. This is unfortunate, as the Indian Ocean destinations are currently investing in yachting infrastructure including marinas and resorts designed to cater to yacht charter.
    See our April 13 article on for more information about this trend:

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