Jean is a retired dentist who has a wide interest in natural and biological sciences. Not much information is available on Scott. The couple lists their sailing address out of the Marina Del Rey Yacht Club. Their vessel was built in Christchurch, New Zealand, where it was delivered and the vessel sailed it back to the Los Angeles.
The Adams distributed bibles to natives in normally difficult to reach places, such as, villages in Fiji, Central America and New Zealand. Their sailing vessel enables them to travel to many different locales while conducting their Christian ministry. When they left Los Angeles, they ordered Catholic Bibles from the American Bible Society and NIV Bibles from the International Bible Society. Their ship was loaded down with the religious books stored under the floor boards. In twist of fate, the Adams' missionary work will face its greatest challenge -- getting the pirates to turn their evil ways around.
The couple embarked on their multi-year trip around the world, which started with the Del Rey Yacht Club's cruising/race to Puerto Vallarta, in February of 2005. The trip included El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, the Galapagos, the Gambiers, Marquesas, Tahiti and across to Bora Bora, on to the Cook Islands, the Kermadecs, the Bay of Islands and Auckland, New Zealand. The latest leg of their journey began this winter went from India to the Mediterranean, by way of the Arabian and Red seas. The couple was planning to sail to Crete in the spring before continuing to Istanbul.
The situation could be dangerous for the hostages. Somali pirates have been known to torture their captives and use them in negotiations. The Associated Press was told by a Somali pirate early this week that the pirates would begin to intentionally go after Americans in response to the trial that sent another Somalian to the brig. The attack happened just one day after the sentencing. Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse was sentenced Thursday to 33 years in prison. Muse kidnapped a US flagged merchant ship in 2009.
The fate of the s/v Quest and the lives of their crew remain uncertain at this point. The US military is monitoring the situation. The Somali pirates risk a grave mistake if the military deems it is threatening the lifes of US hostages. That would be a departure from the pirates' business model where they kidnap large merchant ships for ransom from the corporate owners. Causing harm to the yachties would not help their cause and eliminate chances of any ransom.
The world sailing community and governments need to pressure the Somalian government to become proactive in order to halt these pirate attacks on private yachts. At the same, time yachts deciding to transit the area are doing so under great peril.
UPDATE: February 22, 2011
Four days after his posting, it was reported in the press that the Somali pirates murdered the Adams couple and their two crew members.
U.S. naval forces, who were trailing the Americans' captured yacht with four warships, quickly boarded the vessel after hearing the gunfire and tried to provide lifesaving care to the Americans, but they died of their wounds. Two pirates died during the confrontation and 13 were captured and detained. Later, the pirates were brought to trial. While the details are bit murky, a volley of gunfire erupted after Navy boats stormed the ship holding the hostages.
Scott and Jean Adam documented their maritime missionary work on their website, S/V Quest Adventure Log.