SANTA MONICA (AP) — Adventurous yacht enthusiasts from Southern California were living their dreams, friends say, retiring and sailing around the world.

Scott Adam and his wife, Jean, were killed along with two others by Somali pirates on Tuesday.

Monsignor Lloyd Torgerson recalled yacht owners Jean and Scott Adam during morning Mass at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. Torgerson says the parish is heartbroken at the deaths of the couple, who had been delivering Bibles to remote areas. Masses at the church were dedicated to the couple Tuesday.

Also killed were Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle. A friend from the Seattle Singles Yacht Club says the two were doing what they loved, but that it was small comfort.

Friends, family and fellow sailors said that despite an adventurous spirit, the four were meticulous planners who knew the dangers they faced. The Adams had been sailing around the world since December 2004 with a yacht full of Bibles to distribute to remote regions, and were joined by Riggle and Macay, who left Seattle nine or 10 months ago.

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Comments (2)
  1. duh says:

    Every single one of us has an expiration date facing us. I think I would rather face that date doing something I love rather than suffering from cancer or dying of failed internal organs in a nursing home where nobody cared. My condolences to the family, and the friends they left behind, but it appears they led enriching lives, were doing what they wanted to do, and accepted the risks.

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