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Alice
11-07-2005, 05:26 PM
today at work someone told me about this and my first reaction was to laugh - i literally laughed out loud. i thought he was kidding! i thought the days of pirate attacks were long over, but apparently not!

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/africa/11/05/somalia.pirates/?eref=yahoo

Saturday, November 5, 2005; Posted: 9:45 p.m. EST (02:45 GMT)
(CNN) -- A luxury cruise line will re-evaluate whether to offer future cruises off the coast of Somalia after pirates attempted to attack one of its ships early Saturday.

The pirates were in two small boats and were carrying machine guns and a rocket-propelled grenade when they attempted the attack on Seabourn Cruise Lines' "Spirit" about 5:35 a.m. local time Saturday, Deborah Natansohn, president of the cruise line, told CNNRadio.

The ship was carrying 150 passengers and a crew of about 160.

The ship, she said, immediately instituted its emergency response system. "The occupants of those boats did not succeed in boarding the ship and eventually turned away ... our captain and crew did a terrific job taking responsive action."

Passenger Mike Rogers of Vancouver, Canada, said the pirates were shooting and sending rockets at the boat. (Watch how cruise ship outran pirates -- 1:28 (http://javascript%3Cb%3E%3C/b%3E:cnnVideo%28%27play%27,%27/video/world/2005/11/05/whitfield.cruise.ship.pirates.affl%27%29;))

"The captain tried to run one of the boats over, but they were small boats, about 25 feet long," he told CNNRadio affiliate CKNW in Vancouver.

"Each one had four or five people on it, and (the captain) said he was going to do anything to keep them from getting on board."

The captain, however, did not hit the alarm button to alert passengers of the emergency, Rogers said. "He announced it over the speakers because he was scared people would run up on deck, and he didn't want people on deck because they would have been shot."

The cruise ship eventually outran the pirates' boats, Natansohn said. One person suffered minor injuries, she said without elaborating.

"There's some minor damage done to the ship," Rogers said. "There's no water right now, for instance, in some places, and I believe one of the grenades actually went off in one of the cabins, but everyone on board is fine."

The ship is now en route to the Seychelles Islands, Natansohn said.

On Thursday, the United Nations' World Food Program warned that hijackings off the coast of Somalia were restricting the delivery of needed food assistance to the country.

"The southern Somali coastline is one of the most dangerous in the world," the WFP said on its Web site. "In recent months, WFP's operations in Somalia have been sabotaged by the hijackings of two vessels carrying relief food. Ship owners are now demanding armed escorts to travel in these waters."

Natansohn said efforts were under way Saturday to locate the pirates. "We have notified U.S., Canadian and Australian authorities because most of our passengers come from those three countries, as well as local authorities in Africa."

"Seabourn 'Spirit' has offered itineraries in that part of the world before, but we'll obviously be looking at the incident to determine what to do in the future," she said.

Rogers said, "We're always looking for adventure, but this is probably a little more than we would normally look for."

HLShivers
11-07-2005, 05:45 PM
I realize this is a true story and it's a shame that those people could have been hurt. BUT at the same time, you have to admit that it's pretty damn funny! Pirates? In 2005? I think these people have watched "Pirates of the Caribbean" a few too many times.
Good thing everyone is okay though...makes me feel better about laughing.

CrazyEazy
11-07-2005, 06:12 PM
i think it was awsome and i would sell my story for 500k minimal.....

Alice
11-07-2005, 06:55 PM
i feel really bad for laughing but it's just so comical :lol:

jeli41
11-07-2005, 07:29 PM
Kudos to the captain for trying to /ramrun over the bastards and outrunning them:thumbsup:

LibbyAnn
11-07-2005, 08:11 PM
Actually, this incident, in which the good guys won, is comical, but the sad truth is that piracy in that area is terrible! They often steal from ships headed for African countries in desperate need of the food supplies. That area is plagued with piracy.

keving421
11-08-2005, 01:18 PM
i feel sorry for the people, but pirates are sweet. I wonder if they had any parrots on their shoulders or anything....that would be sweet

djurzi
11-08-2005, 01:29 PM
This is a pretty crazy story. Not something you see everyday. Anyone thinking about going on that cruise to see Dave & Friends next year, maybe should reconsider. :lol:

Shannon
11-08-2005, 05:00 PM
Arrrrrr. Man, if I could be a pirate...Watch out!

swedishphish
11-08-2005, 07:31 PM
this sort of reminds me of 'the life aquatic' where the boat is attacked by pirates. I bet the cruise ship escaped because bill murray shot all of the pirates.

Alice
11-09-2005, 03:46 AM
I bet the cruise ship escaped because bill murray shot all of the pirates.

i knew there was something cnn wasn't telling us :lol:

thebestofwhatsaround77
11-24-2005, 10:54 AM
pirates are still alive and well in a lot of places
especially indonesia
still i love 'em
ARGHH!:)

JR E K
11-24-2005, 09:45 PM
im a pirate!

Shannon
11-25-2005, 08:05 PM
pirates are still alive and well in a lot of places
especially indonesia
still i love 'em
ARGHH!:)

I'm moving to Indonesia.

thebestofwhatsaround77
11-26-2005, 02:52 PM
I'm moving to Indonesia.
hey! we can't ALL be pirates, y'know

Shannon
11-27-2005, 10:53 PM
hey! we can't ALL be pirates, y'know

:lol: Guess not. Someone has to be the tourist!

thebestofwhatsaround77
11-29-2005, 04:26 PM
:lol: Guess not. Someone has to be the tourist!
hahaha

thedirtypirate
11-30-2005, 01:59 PM
i happen to be one of those pirates

Shannon
12-26-2005, 05:01 PM
i happen to be one of those pirates

:lol: :thumbsup:

Shiver me timbers.