Negotiations between Somali pirates and the U.S. Navy ended brutally Tuesday in the shooting deaths of four Americans.
The Americans–Jean and Scott Adam, Phyllis Macay and Robert A. Riggle– were taken hostage by Somali pirates Friday as they sailed in notoriously dangerous waters off the coast of Oman. The Adams were fulfilling their dream of embarking on a missionary sailing trip around the world and were accompanied by crew-members Macay and Riggle.
Naval forces were trailing the pirates' ship, when pirates fired a rocket propelled grenade at the U.S. cruiser. Then, seeing gunfire where the hostages were being held, the Navy entered the cabin on the pirates' ship where they found the Americans shot dead.
Clayton Schmit was a close friend of the Adams and talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry.