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VIDEO: Four Americans Remain Kidnapped At Sea By Somali Pirates


Feb. 21 2011, Published 7:24 a.m. ET

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Four Americans remained kidnapped by Somali pirates heading toward their native coast early Monday, has learned, as a U.S. Navy warship and helicopters shadowed their every move.

The Americans -- Scott and Jean Adam from Marina Del Rey, California, and their friends Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle from Seattle, Washington -- were aboard the Adams' yacht, named The Quest, en route from India to Oman on a Christian mission to pass out bibles in remote villages.

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The pirates likely hijacked the ship on Friday because they figured the rich Americans on board would produce a large ransom, Steve Ganyard, the former deputy assistant secretary of state, told Good Morning America Monday.

"I think, however, these pirates have made a grave mistake and I think in this case they pushed the United States government just too far, and I think there will be a drama that will play out in the days to come," Ganyard said.

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In 2009, after pirates attacked an American crew, Navy sharpshooters jumped into action, killing two of the pirates and bringing the ship's captain to safety.

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Paul and Rachel Chandler, an English couple, were released by pirates in November after they paid a near-$1 million ransom, after being held for more than a year after their hijacking.



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