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Pirates attack Icelandic couple

Pirates robbed a yacht belonging to an Icelandic couple that were on holiday near the island Margarita in the Caribbean last weekend.

The thieves tied the couple up, held guns to their heads and stole everything worth taking from their yacht. RÚV reports.

The couple was not hurt, but the damage to their sailboat and the stolen goods are estimated to be worth ISK 1.5 million (EUR 16,753, USD 21,422).

Áslaug Ösp Adalsteinsdóttir and Kári Jóhann Halldórsson have been sailing around the world for the past two years. Last Saturday night they were anchored off the coast of Venezuela, near the island Margarita, when the pirates arrived.

Halldórsson told RÚV that he had been on deck but his wife asleep in the cabin when he suddenly found himself staring down the barrel of a gun.

The pirates fetched Adalsteinsdóttir from the cabin and tied her and her husband together on the deck. One robber pointed a gun at the couple while the others went through their belongings, stealing anything valuable.

Before leaving the yacht the pirates covered Halldórsson’s and Adalsteinsdóttir’s heads with a sheet, and Adalsteinsdóttir said she believed they would be executed.

But the thieves left without harming the couple and after a while they managed to cut themselves loose and sail to the nearest town for help. Police in Venezuela are investigating the robbery.

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