Three children and four adults were kidnapped by pirates on the Indian Ocean on their sailboat Monday, officials told the Los Angeles Times.
According to the Star Tribune, most sailboats that are hijacked are professional sailors, and not families.
The Danish Foreign Ministry told the Los Angeles Times that the children's ages were 12 to 16, and they put out a distress call Thursday.
"Four Americans were killed by Somali pirates in a hostage standoff," the Star Tribune said. These were the first Americans killed by Somali pirates since the wave started six years ago.