SA hostages 'used as human shields'

2011-10-25 09:42
Cape Town - A Richards Bay man has told how he feels guilty to be back in South Africa while a local couple is still being held by pirates off the Somali coast.

Peter Eldridge, 62, told how he met Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz in Dar es Salaam last year and asked them to sail with him to Richards Bay on his self-built yacht, reported the Cape Argus.

He said speedboats rushed past the SY Choizil on October 26 last year and pirates came aboard, armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades, about 70km east of the port of Mtwara on the border of Tanzania and Mozambique.

Eldridge said he saw how Pelizzari and Calitz were used as human shields by the pirates when French naval officers started firing at the pirates.

Almost a year has passed since the hijacking and Eldridge said he thought all the time about Pelizzari and Calitz, wishing they were back with their families. He said he was happy they were still together and that they seemed to be healthy.

He said he felt bad for being back home while they were still being held captive and often woke at night, wondering where they were sleeping.

Eldridge was rescued by a French naval fleet when he was able to radio to them from the cabin on a day when the Pelizzari and Calitz were taken ashore by the pirates.

He arrived back in SA on November 10.

He has not heard again from the pirates.

- News24
Read more on:    deborah calitz  |  bruno pelizzari  |  east africa  |  somali pirates
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
34 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.