US Navy Vice Admiral Mark I. Fox has provided more information on the yacht Quest tragedy.
Four pirates are dead and 15 are in custody, but not before they killed four Americans in the bloodiest piracy incident in recent history, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command told reporters in a conference call.
Two pirates were found dead inside the yacht after US special forces boarded the vessel unopposed. It is unknown whether or not the hostages had arms available to them
Navy Vice Admiral Mark I. Fox, who also commands the Navy’s 5th Fleet, said the pirates shot Scott and Jean Adams of California and Phyllis Mackay and Bob Riggle of Washington state. The surface vessel Quest was sailing around the world when the Somalis hijacked it off the coast of Oman.