News is emerging that a yacht with six crew has been hijacked near Somalia.
Several local sources have confirmed that Somali pirates have captured a yacht with six crew members on board, according to piracy monitoring organisation Ecoterra International.
According to the reports, the yacht was hijacked before the New Year and has been sailing towards the Somalian port of Hobyo.
The pirates attacked the yacht and another, larger merchant ship with it, but were unsuccessful in capturing the larger ship. As of this morning they were still 130 nautical miles from Hobyo.