Friday, April 09, 2010

Some Ships Stop Pirates The Old Fashioned Way

Rather than meekly submitting to ransom, some ships crews are fighting back:
Israeli security guards foil pirates

Israeli security guards drove off two boats of pirates who opened fire on a ship belonging to ZIM, the Israeli shipping company, on Saturday.

The Africa Star was en route from Mombasa, Kenya to Djibouti when pirates attacked as it sailed close to the Somali coast. Two boats approached the ship and opened fire but were driven off following a gun battle with the Israel security guards.

It was the second attack on the Africa Star in a week. Three days earlier the ship was attacked in the same area, but the crew prevented the pirates from boarding the vessel.

Like the pirates who stupidly attacked a US Navy guided missile frigate, with expected crushing defeat as a result, these pirates got a bit more than they bargained for.

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