Despite knowledge that they were sailing into waters frequented by pirates, a Danish family continued their round-the-world trip and was captured Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
A Somali pirate told the Associated Press that Jan and Birgit Johnasen, their teenage children and two deck hands would be killed if an attempt was made to rescue them.
The New York Daily News reported that on a blog written last week by the Johnasens from their 43-foot-long boat, they specified that they had a "piracy plan" if the boat were seized.
"They sailed right into the pirates' arms," Per Gullestrup, head of a Danish shipowner Clipper, told the Associated Press.
Last week Somali pirates shot and killed four American hostages, reported the New York Daily News.