Four Americans captured by Somali pirates
while sailing in the Indian Ocean have been killed, NBC News reported Tuesday.
The two couples, Phyllis Macay and Robert Riggle, of Seattle, and the yacht's owners Jean and Scott Adams of California were on an around-the-world sailing trip when they were captured by pirates Friday.
U.S. officials said the pirates shot and killed all four hostages, and all the pirates had either been killed or captured by U.S. forces.
Video: Somali pirates take 4 Americans hostage
(on this page) After the boat was captured off the coast of Oman, the pirates headed for waters between Yemen and northern Somalia.
A pirate in Somalia said Sunday that a warship had been shadowing the yacht, called Quest.
At that time, U.S. officials did not release any information about the yacht. A U.S. Embassy
spokesman on Saturday said officials were assessing options and "possible responses."
Pirates have increased attacks on ships off the coast of East Africa, but Americans have rarely been targeted.
The last attack against a U.S. crew, which happened in 2009, ended with Navy sharpshooters killing two pirates and rescuing the ship's captain.