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Norwegian sailor tied to mast by pirates

A Norwegian hijacked by armed pirates off Brazil last Friday was tied to the mast and threatened with a knife and a revolver.

Norwegian sailor tied to mast by pirates
A Sun Odyssey similar to Ilanga - Jason Pratt
Harald Solfjeld escaped after an hour's ordeal while the pirates rifled through his belongings. 
 
"They seemed very excited. The man with the revolver shot through the roof to prove that the gun was real, then they started looking for money and valuables on the boat," he told Agderposten newspaper. 
 
"I was bound to the mast while they were in the boat, and one of them had a knife pointed at my neck, although I felt that it was not very sharp". 
 
The pirates took a camera, some cash, two mobile phones, a bottle of liquor and a rechargeable torch. 
 
"They did not notice the satellite and they left the laptop lying there. Fortunately, there no major damage to the boat," he said. 
 
Solfjeld is on a round-the-world tour on his boat SS Ilanga, 

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HAAKON

Norway Prince mum on who lent luxury yacht

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon has refused to name the 'friend' courtesy of whom he enjoyed a stay on a luxury yacht which normally costs $280,000 a week.

Norway Prince mum on who lent luxury yacht
The Mia Elise superyacht, which costs $280,000 a week to rent. Photo: Charter Index

The heir to the Norwegian throne has faced growing media pressure in his country after revelations that he spent a long weekend in early August aboard the Mia Elise superyacht. 

In a meeting with journalists during a scouting event in Asker, he would only say that he hadn't paid anything for his stay and that the person who had lent the vessel was one of its owners. 

“A friend invited us on a boat trip and we stayed there for three days. It’s as simple as that,” he said. “I do not think he owes us anything, or that we owe him anything.” 

Haakon went on the trip with Crown Princess Mette Marit directly after the couple attended the wedding of Pierre Casiraghi, Princess Caroline of Monaco’s youngest son, to Beatrice Borromeo. 

Haakon said that staying on such a fuel-guzzling vessel did not mean he no longer took environmental issues seriously. 

“I still believe the climate is important,” he told reporters.  “I fully agree that emissions are a bad thing. We must try to do something.”