By Grant Smith, Bloomberg
Somali pirates hijacked a yacht with four U.S. passengers off the coast of Oman, U.S. Central Command said.
U.S. Central Command is monitoring the situation, according to a spokesperson for the organization in Tampa, Florida, who declined to be identified. The Omani capital Muscat and Somaliaâ€™s capital Mogadishu are about 1,700 miles apart.
The vessel was seized 240 nautical miles off the Oman coast yesterday at 1:23 p.m. Universal Coordinated Time, according to Ecoterra, an environmental group that monitors activity in the region.
The yacht, S/Y Quest, is owned by Jean Adam and Scott Adam, who have been on a round-world sailing trip since 2004, Ecoterra said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.
–Editors: Reed Landberg, Alan Crawford
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