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Australian couple hid from terrorists as the Canadian man beheaded this week was taken hostage

Earlier this week Islamists carried out their threat to behead a man taken hostage on 21 September 2015 in The Philippines.   We now know that two Australians came within metres of being taken that night.

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Australian man Gary Goldsworthy says he and his partner were asleep on their yacht at the Holiday Ocean View Resort on Samal Island on Monday when they were awoken by what they initially believed to be a domestic dispute.

"Initially we thought it was some sort of domestic dispute, we weren't expecting this sort of attack," he told SBS World News. "We had been led to believe that this was quite a safe area."Looking through a port hole they saw men take two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian resort manager, and a Filipino women away at gunpoint.

Mr Goldworthy said he and others who knew the people who were taken are desperate to find them.

"Our biggest concern now is for our fellow yachstmen, who have been taken. Obviously, it has been two days and we haven't heard anything." 

A man walks inside the compound of Holiday Ocean View Samal Resort, on Samal Island in southern Philippines

A man walks inside the compound of Holiday Ocean View Samal Resort, on Samal Island in southern Philippines 

Philippines army Captain Alberto Caber said there were about 30 foreign tourists at the resort at the time of the raid.

Mr Goldworthy said it was pure luck that saw him and his partner avoid the same fate.

"We were lucky. Possibly one of the reasons we weren't targeted was because the boat was new in the marina," he said.

"I'm assuming that whoeever did the attack would have had to plan it. Our boat was new in the marina, and we had been away all weekend."

 Here is CCTV of the gunmen that night, 21 September 2015.

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 Australian man Gary Goldsworthy spoke about his close escape with SBS on 22 September last year.

Gary also spoke with Steve Price and Andrew Bolt of 2GB

The Islamist terrorists released this video 30 days before they carried out the threat to behead Mr Ridsdel.

Just metres and the lock on a yacht's door were all that kept an Australian man and woman from meeting that fate this week.

How would Australia cope with 30 days of a video like that on the news? How would our Prime Minister and government respond?

Australia does not pay ransoms and does not negotiate with terrorists - here are some policy documents.

Here is the Smart Traveller kidnapping advice for Australians.

It lists the world's hot-spots where you're most likely to face the threat of being taken hostage:

We assess that the threat of kidnapping is highest in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Malaysia (eastern Sabah), large parts of North Africa and West Africa, the southern Philippines, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. See under 'Particular areas of concern' below.

Countries where the threat of kidnapping is also prevalent include Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Tunisia and Turkey.

But the words Islam, Islamic or Muslim do not appear on the Australia Government's threat lists at all.   It's not that the Australian Government is shy about mentioning specific terrorist groups - just as long as they're not Muslim.   Colombia's FARC and the National Liberation Army get singled out.   Australia pretends Islamic terror doesn't exist - and if we're confronted with it, we seem to be at pains to say it has nothing to do with Islam.

Well if the Australian Government won't do it, we will.

Here's what Muhammad told his followers about hostages, ransoms and killings.

I think the no ransom policy is right.   But I'd hope the Australian Government has background plans involving our special forces and a date with death for Islamists who take Australians.

For many years Islamist pirates have targeted large commercial shipping off the horn of Africa.

They no longer  touch Russian ships.

Here's why.