Skip to comments.Retired Brit tourists fought off Somali pirates with deckchairs
Posted on 05/06/2011 8:23:09 PM PDT by george76
A retired couple who were enjoying a luxury cruise fought off Somali pirates with deck chairs as they attempted to storm the ship and kidnap them.
John and Barbara Jeffery had been enjoying the trip of a lifetime when the violent pirates tried to take over the ship they were sailing on.
As gun shot rang out, the couple defiantly armed themselves with deck chairs, tables and whatever came to hand as they helped to beat off the outlaws.
terror struck just one week in, when the MSC Melody was off the coast of Somalia, a spot haunted by pirates, when the couple and their fellow cruise passengers spotted a small speed boat following them.
Mr Jeffery described how the bandits struck in the night: 'It was about 11.30 in the evening.
'There would have been about 15 to 20 of us on deck. We had decided to enjoy our drinks outside as the entertainment in the bar area wasn't up to much.
'One of the passengers said they could see a small boat following us in the wake of our ship.
'I could hear the engine of the boat as well. When I looked over the side we saw their small boat had pulled up alongside us.'
John said the pirates hauled themselves aboard by slinging a rope over the side: 'I don't know how but they had somehow managed to get a rope hooked on to one of the lower decks and there was a pirate climbing up the side.'
With no members of the crew or security guards nearby, the passengers realised they would have to take matters into their own hands.
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Better not let Chuck Schumer find out about this. Deck Chair control would really hurt the Cruise Ship business.
Never bring a gun to deck chair fight!
“terror struck just one week in, when the MSC Melody was off the coast of Somalia, a spot haunted by pirates”
So,they were surprised when the pirates showed up?
Perhaps they expected Al Gore or the Wicked Witch of the North.
At least they had prepared themselves with the latest in self defense deck chairs.
I honestly thought this was satire when I read the headline.
Somewhere, there is a Somali with a headwound having to explain to his buddies he got owned by a chair.
What were they thinking? Off the coast of Somalia. That's like parking your car to listen to the radio and look at the stars while sitting in the middle of a ghetto in a big city.
A luxury cruise sailing off the coast of Somalia? What could possibly go wrong? /rhetorical
Ever wonder what a CWIS would do to muzzie skiffs off Somalia? Shucks, SO DID THESE DRUNK RUSSIAN NAVY GUYS..!
Fair play and S.O.P.? YEAH RIGHT..!!!
Now, if her fellow Brits would fight Islamism as strongly in her homeland, all would be well.
“as they helped to beat off the outlaws”
Something, uh, got lost in the translation from British to American.....
I think those tourists were in no mood to offer the Somalis any spotted dick;)
that's like the German lady that jumped into the pool of the polar bear den at the zoo - and is surprised when she gets attacked.
Clearly chairs need to be regulated.
Yeah, they beat off the outlaws and in return the outlaws ejaculated loudly with their AK-47s!
I dunno, Frank. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with these guys.
Real heroes. And a lot better to get hit with some shrapnel than to be captured by Somali pirates.
Deck chair control now.
The full story at the link is worth the click to read btw
That had never crossed my mind. Me thinks some of you are plowing far too deeply into these stories.