A Danish family along with two crew members have been seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean.
The Quist Johansens were on a round-the-world voyage when Danish navel command reported receiving a distress signal from the vessel.
At the moment it’s not known exactly where the parents and their three children aged between 12 and 16 years have been taken.
The family had already visited South America, the Caribbean and the Maldives and were headed for Europe. They just needed to cross the Suez Canal to reach the Mediterranean.
Pirates operating off the Horn of Africa have repeatedly targeted cargo vessels for a lucrative ransom. However smaller boats have also been taken – four US hostages were shot dead last month while an English couple were finally released after being held for over a year.