Posted By: Marty

Pirates! - 11/06/05 08:39 AM

Pirates armed with grenade launchers and machine guns tried to hijack a luxury cruise liner off the east African coast Saturday, but the ship outran them, officials said.

Two boats full of pirates approached the Seabourn Spirit about 100 miles off the Somali coast and opened fire while the heavily armed bandits tried to get onboard, said Bruce Good, spokesman for the Miami-based Seabourn Cruise Line, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp. The ship escaped by shifting to high speed and changing course.

"These are very well-organized pirates," said Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Program. "Somalia's coastline is the most dangerous place in the region in terms of maritime security."

The attackers never got close enough to board the Spirit, but one member of the 161-person crew was injured by shrapnel, cruise line president Deborah Natansohn said. . . ."Our suspicion at this time is that the motive was theft," Good said, adding that the crew had been trained for "various scenarios, including people trying to get on the ship that you don't want on the ship."
Posted By: klcman

Re: Pirates! - 11/06/05 03:55 PM

Just the latest incident in what has become the most treacherous maritime sailing area in the world. frown
Posted By: Over_40_Pirate

Re: Pirates! - 11/08/05 08:23 PM

I swear...I had nothing to do with it! Honest!
Posted By: LaurieMar

Re: Pirates! - 11/08/05 09:01 PM

The entire story was on our local news last night and a passenger is from this area. Scary. Never have been interested in taking a cruise and this gives me all the more reason.
Posted By: Teenah

Re: Pirates! - 11/08/05 09:01 PM

Hey ya Pirate! Yaright? Long time no see.
Posted By: MALIBU

Re: Pirates! - 11/09/05 02:16 PM

What is going on with all these Pirates? I saw this am where a private boat (large one) was 'stalked'. The bad boys didn't board the vessel thank goodness 'cause the cap'n couldn't find the keys to the gun cabinet!
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Pirates! - 11/09/05 03:42 PM

I always see the cruise ships pass AC in the evening and always wondered if they are armed for such incidents. Anybody know if these large boats carry guns and "security"?

(and, no, I am not planning to boost one)
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Pirates! - 11/09/05 03:52 PM

They have security but all the Belize pirates are hanging out at the cruise ship terminal.
Posted By: casa de amor

Re: Pirates! - 11/09/05 04:09 PM

were is the terminal located in Belize city
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Pirates! - 11/09/05 05:09 PM
Posted By: Over_40_Pirate

Re: Pirates! - 11/10/05 10:50 PM

Teenah! Headed down to these parts anytime soon?
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