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Miami-Based Cruise Ship Attacked by Pirates off Somalian Coast
AP ^ | 11/05/05

Posted on 11/05/2005 9:29:46 AM PST by Pokey78

MIAMI (AP) - Pirates fired a rocket-propelled grenade and machine guns Saturday in an attack on a luxury cruise liner off the east African coast, the vessel's owners said.

Two armed boats approached the Seabourn Spirit about 100 miles off the coast of Somalia and fired as the boats' occupants attempted to get onboard, said Bruce Good, a spokesman for Miami-based Seabourn Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp.

The crew initiated a trained response and avoided being boarded, Good said. The ship outran them and changed its course.

"Our suspicion at this time is that the motive was theft," Good said.

One member of the 161-person crew was slightly injured before the attackers were repelled, according to a London-based Seabourn Cruises spokesman.

Press Association, the British news agency, said passengers awoke to the sound of gunfire as two 25-foot inflatable boats approached the liner. The injured crew member was reportedly hit by flying debris.

The vessel's 151 passengers, mostly Americans with some Australians and Europeans, were gathered in a lounge for their safety, Good said. None were injured.

The Spirit had been bound for Mombasa, Kenya, at the end of a 16-day voyage from Alexandria, Egypt. It was expected to reach the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean later Saturday, and then continue on its previous schedule to Singapore, Good said.

The 10,000-ton cruise ship, registered in the Bahamas, sustained minor damage, Good said. "They took some fire, but it's safe to sail," he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: banglist; barbarypirates; darkcontinent; islam; maritime; muslimpirates; muslims; religionofpeace; rop; rpg; seabournspirit; somali; somalia
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To: claudiustg
Somalia = Islamics

Amazing; 'Islamic' anything. . .is not mentioned. . .nor Muslim. . .warring 'factions' and 'pirates' win the story.

101 posted on 11/05/2005 12:51:29 PM PST by cricket (No Freedom - No Peace)
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To: robertpaulsen

Thanks, but I am not going to lean over the rail to "aim" my bowling ball when someone is shooting at me.


102 posted on 11/05/2005 12:53:40 PM PST by caryatid (This world has become like the mirror in the crazy house ... everything is distorted ...)
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To: Cuttnhorse
"LOL! Reminds me of the "Puffy Shirt" episode on Seinfeld.'

Too funny. . .thanks for that memory. . .

103 posted on 11/05/2005 12:56:22 PM PST by cricket (No Freedom - No Peace)
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To: Pokey78
Pirates, eh?


104 posted on 11/05/2005 12:58:38 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: LikeLight
"We Americans have a hard time comprehending that things we thought were consigned to the history books, things like piracy, slavery, child labor and indentured servitude, are thriving enterprises in many parts of the world."

. . .agree. . .know I do.

Add to that. . .'beheadings'. . .descriptions like. . .'drawn and quartered'. . .and 'martyrs'. . .

105 posted on 11/05/2005 1:01:58 PM PST by cricket (No Freedom - No Peace)
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To: billorites
I'm told Mogadishu is lovely this time of year. There's a reason why there are no Time Shares in Somalia, billorites. Jack.
106 posted on 11/05/2005 1:03:55 PM PST by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Disemboweler of the WFTD Thread)
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To: robertpaulsen
LOLLOL!

Love it. . .

107 posted on 11/05/2005 1:12:44 PM PST by cricket (No Freedom - No Peace)
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To: Indy Pendance

I'm Black Jack Kidd


108 posted on 11/05/2005 1:21:51 PM PST by packrat35 (The America hating bastards at the NYT must spend their entire life with their heads in the toilet)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

We pillage, we plunder, we rifle and loot.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!

Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me.

We extort, we pilfer, we filch and sack.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!
Maraud and embezzle and even hijack.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!

Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me.
Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me.

We kindle and char, inflame and ignite.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!
We burn up the city, we're really a fright.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!

Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me.

We're rascals, scoundrels, villans and knaves.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!
We're devils and black sheep, really bad eggs!
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!

Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me.

We're beggars and blighters and ne'er-do-well cads.
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!
Aye! But we're loved by our mommies and dads!
Drink up me 'earties, Yo Ho!

Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me.
Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me.
Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me.
Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A pirate's life for me.





109 posted on 11/05/2005 3:02:07 PM PST by Blogger
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To: Rebelbase

Are RPG's typically used in robberies?


110 posted on 11/05/2005 9:16:57 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: Pokey78
Religion of Peace Pirates...

A LUXURY cruise ship with 22 British tourists aboard survived an attack by Somali pirates armed with rocket-propelled grenades yesterday as it rounded the Horn of Africa.

The 10,000-ton Seabourn Spirit came under fire at about 5.30am. The pirates approached in 25ft speedboats and shot at the ship with the grenade launcher and machineguns. Terrified passengers watched as the pirates tried to get aboard — only to be repelled by crew members who set off what one described as a “loud bang”.

The Bahamas-registered ship was carrying 302 passengers and crew, but there was only one casualty: a crew member suffered minor injuries from flying debris.

“I looked out of the window and saw a small boat with about five people in it about 20 yards away,” said Norman Fisher, 55, a solicitor from Hampstead Garden Suburb in north London.

“One of them clearly had a rifle. Later I realised that two of them had rifles and one had some kind of rocket launcher.

“They were firing the rifle and then fired the rocket launcher twice. One of the rockets certainly hit the ship — it went through the side of the liner into a passenger’s suite. The couple were in there at the time so it was a bit of an unpleasant experience.”

Mike Rogers, a Canadian passenger, said the captain tried to run down one of the speedboats before outmanoeuvring them. The captain did not hit the alarm, fearing passengers would be shot at if they dashed on deck.

An Irish crew member described the clash as “really scary” but added: “Everybody’s okay.”

The Seabourn Spirit, owned by the cruise giant Carnival, was on its way from Alexandria in Egypt to the Kenyan port of Mombasa. It offers the height of luxury, with huge suites, marble bathrooms and more than one crew member to each passenger. Cruises aboard the liner cost from £6,100 for a 16-day sail to £18,270 for an epic 46-day voyage.

The liner used a sonic blaster to foil the pirates. Developed by American forces to deter small boats from attacking warships, the non-lethal weapon sends out high-powered air vibrations that blow assailants off their feet. The equipment, about the size of a satellite dish, is rigged to the side of the ship.

The waters off the Somali coast are among the most dangerous in the world. They are occasionally patrolled by a combined taskforce, known as CTF150, currently under the command of the French navy.

Somalia has had no recognised government since 1991. There have been at least 23 pirate attacks off its coast this year alone. Andrew Livingston, a spokesman for the National Union of Marine, Aviation and Shipping Transport Officers, described its long coastline as a “massive problem area”.

“We’ve always said it’s going to take a major incident to get something done,” he said. “We’ve gone from what used to be something like maritime mugging 20 years ago to really sophisticated attacks with grenades and rocket-propelled explosives.”

Rogers, the Canadian passenger, said at the end of the eventful day: “We’re always looking for adventure, but this is probably a little more than we would normally look for.”


111 posted on 11/05/2005 11:39:06 PM PST by ppaul
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112 posted on 11/05/2005 11:44:46 PM PST by ppaul
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To: robertpaulsen; caryatid
Thanks, but I am not going to lean over the rail to "aim" my bowling ball when someone is shooting at me.

Of course not!
Use one of these cool bowling ball mortars:

http://www.docsmachine.com/nonPB/mortar.html

http://www.fireiron.net/fireweb502_009.htm


113 posted on 11/06/2005 12:10:06 AM PST by ppaul
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To: austinaero

the only cruise ship i've been on had skeet shooting off the back deck in the mornings. so there was at least a couple shotguns aboard.


114 posted on 11/08/2005 11:21:41 AM PST by absolootezer0 ("My God, why have you forsaken us.. no wait, its the liberals that have forsaken you... my bad")
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