Thursday, September 15, 2011

Yachting anywhere near Somalia is just "nosensical"

I am quoted in Christina Ng's ABC News piece about the growing threat Somali pirates pose to tourists and corporate travelers. Here's an excerpt from the article along with my quote:
In the first eight-and-a-half months of 2011 alone, there have been 330 reported worldwide incidents of piracy. that's up from 293 attacks in all of 2008. More than 50 percent of these have been Somali-related and occurred along the coast of the Horn of Africa in the Indian Ocean.

...Most experts advise travelers to stay out of known danger zones. "The whole concept of yachting anywhere in the vicinity of Somalia is nonsensical. You'd have to have your head examined," said David Shinn, the former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. "There's no protection against [pirates]. You can't outrun them and if they find you, you're just a goner."

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