Over the weekend, Americans Jean and Scott Adam, along with two friends, were kidnapped by pirates off of the Somali coast. The two had been sailing around the world since 2004 on their ship The Quest. Their personal quest? To spread “the Word” by handing out bibles near and far. But their story took a tragic turn on Sunday night.
Jean and Scott Adam, along with their friends Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle, were shot by the pirates during the negotiations process between the pirates and the US Navy. What went wrong?
It’s being reported that the US navel forces were trailing the captured yacht and were in the midst of negotiations when they heard shots ring out. A small group of Navy Seals were dispatched to the boat to investigate, and they found two of the Americans already dead and two that were still alive but too injured to save.
“As they responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the Quest, the forces discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors,” general James Mattis of US Navy said in a statement. “We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest.”
After the US Navy boarded the ship, they captured 15 pirates, and two pirates were killed. This is the first time that American citizens have been killed after captured by pirates.
Jean and Scott Adam were on a mission. They had been sailing around the globe since 2004, and they delivered bibles to small churches and to numerous schools in far-flung locales. They were devout Christians who were passionate about both sailing and their faith. The two were retired and this was how they opted to spend their golden years. As parents, we all have fantasies about what we’ll do when the kids are grown and we’re done working. These two were living their dream, and sadly, it ended too soon.
The two each have children from previous relationships. Our thoughts go out to their family and all their friends.
Photo: Jean and Scott Adam personal photo.