U.S. considers military action after pirates ‘seize’ a yacht belonging to a Southern California Christian couple. They were on a worldwide voyage distributing Bibles.
A yacht belonging to a Southern California Christian couple, who were on a worldwide voyage distributing Bibles, has reportedly been hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia.
|Scott and Jean Adam|
Jean and Scott Adam, who come originally from Orange County, California, have been sailing around the world for six years on their sailboat, the S/V Quest. They have raced with the Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, California, which has been their mail drop during their global odyssey.
According to a story by Michael Finnegan in the Los Angeles Times, U.S. military officials have said they are considering “a response” to the reported hijacking.
The reporter also stated that Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette, deputy commander of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, told CNN on Saturday that the U.S. is prepared to intervene to rescue the couple if they are indeed aboard the boat.
“They were part of a sailing group that set sail from the southern tip of India into the western Indian Ocean,” Gaouette told the network.
|The S/V Quest, their ‘hijacked’ yacht|
Finnegan went on to say that Omar Jamal, first secretary at the Somali mission, said Friday that pirates in the Indian Ocean had taken four U.S. citizens captive when they hijacked the S/V Quest. The other two people have not been identified.
The couple’s website (www.svquest.com), shows that the Adams were on a journey this winter from India to the Mediterranean by way of the Arabian and Red seas. They had hoped to reach Crete by April, then sail to Istanbul, Turkey.
“Djibouti is a big refueling stop,” Jean Adam, a retired dentist, wrote of a stop that they were planning just beyond Somalia. “I have NO idea what will happen in these ports, but perhaps we’ll do some local touring. Due north is the Red Sea where we plan to tuck in when winds turn to the north.”
Last year, the couple sailed to ports in Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia and Thailand.
“Piracy has flourished off Somalia’s coast for two decades. Before the recent seizures of the S/V Quest and another vessel, the Alfardous, pirates were believed to be holding 29 ships and about 660 hostages,” said the Los Angeles Times story.
The S/V Quest website says almost nothing about where the Adams lived or what they did before they set off around the world.
“We were so unhappy being ‘dirt dwellers’ during our time in the States that another floating abode had to be acquired,” Jean Adam wrote.
But the website richly chronicles their adventures abroad, among them tales of distributing Bibles in Fiji.
“We seek fertile ground for the Word and homes for our Bibles,” she wrote. “Often, the ultimate homes are best found by people who are already living locally and seeking and cultivating that fertile ground.”
She also told of the uncertainty of their future plans.
“We have some repairs we need to make in Turkey,” she wrote. “We’ll do a little cruising in the Med. AND we have a reservation on October 15th in St. Katherine’s Docks in London, England — SOOOO, we’ll see….”
The last update to the couple’s travel log was posted by Jean on December 21, 2010 in which she said, “Because life on a moving boat is unpredictable we expect this trip to hold some unexpected surprises!”
However, she couldn’t have predicted what kind of “surprises” she and her husband would face at the hands of these dangerous pirates. Please pray for the safety of this couple.