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Pirates hijack British luxury yacht off Seychelles

Pirates have hijacked a British luxury yacht off the coast of Seychelles, the tour group that owns the boat reported on Thursday.

world Updated: Apr 03, 2009 03:15 IST
DPA

Pirates have hijacked a British luxury yacht off the coast of Seychelles, the tour group that owns the boat reported on Thursday.

The ship's passengers had disembarked shortly before the attack Wednesday, said a spokeswoman for Aquatours on Thursday. However, the seven-member crew of the Indian Ocean Explorer was taken hostage.

The attack occurred near the Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean. The site, a Unesco world heritage site, is a favourite for divers and naturalists.

The ship was taken into Somali waters after the attack, said a spokesman with the International Maritime Bureau in London.

The group has noted a sharp spike in piracy incidents in the last month along the eastern coast of Somalia, with 15 successful hijacks in March, up from two in February and none in January.

First Published: Apr 03, 2009 03:13 IST