An airdrop of a reported $3 million ransom on Wednesday brought an end to the six-month hostage ordeal of a Danish family who sailed into dangerous waters.
They endured a botched rescue attempt in which about seven people died, shootouts between pirates and locals, illness and protracted ransom negotiations funded by their family and friends before finally heading back to Denmark.
A pirate holding the family said in March that he would forego the ransom if he could marry their 13-year-old daughter.
However, Sail-World.com reported that a French cruising sailor cruising through the Gulf of Aden had been killed and thrown overboard by Somali pirates and his wife kidnapped. More recently, Somalis shot dead a British tourist who was a financial executive, on coastal border region between Somalia and Kenya, and, again, kidnapped his wife.