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Pirates hijack a yacht

Pirates hijack a yacht
Three Burmese pirates hijacked a yacht off the Satun coast on Monday and killed its owner Malcolm Robertson.

Three Burmese pirates hijacked a yacht off the Satun coast on Monday and killed its owner Malcolm Robertson.

Three Burmese pirates hijacked a yacht off the Satun coast on Monday and killed its owner Malcolm Robertson - an elderly British national - before being arrested by local police.

Linda Robertson, Mr. Robertson's wife, said the pirates tried to flee in the dinghy after stealing computers and mobile phones. "But they had only got thirty yards when the engine began to splutter as I knew it would," she said. "They turned back to the boat. So I rushed to pull up the anchor, which was quite easy, because they had only let out thirty yards. Then I put our boat into full throttle and headed out to sea leaving them behind."

The suspects - identified merely as Ek, 18; Ow, 19; and Ko, 20 - narrowly escaped a mob attack by angry Thai touristbusiness operators when brought to La Ngu police station.

Body thrown overboard

The search for the body of Malcolm Robertson, 64, which was thrown overboard, continued all day yesterday. The crimes took place at around 5pm on Monday and police report that the suspects have conฌfessed.

Quoting the victim's wife, Linda, police said their yacht "Mister Mean" was boarded by the three suspects, who tried to steal its rubber dinghy. Robertson confronted them and was hacked to death.

The suspects identified themselves as crew members of the fishing trawler Wichai 6, which had been anchored close to Mister Mean. The British couple had been on their way to Langkawi in Malaysia.

Provincial authorities have requested extra police and Navy patrols in the area.

www.TurkishMaritime.com.tr

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