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Pirates Drowned Evading Other Pirates

From CNN:

Pirate tells how comrades drowned

From David McKenzie

January 13, 2009

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) — One of the pirates who held a Saudi oil supertanker off Somalia before releasing it for ransom has told CNN how five in his group drowned when the boat in which they left the ship capsized as they tried to evade rival pirates seeking a cut of the money.

Pirates seized the Sirius on November 15. A $3.5 million ransom payment — down from the initial demand of $25 million — was dropped by parachute onto the ship Friday, but the pirates delayed the vessel’s release after the drownings.

"Other pirates on the shore wanted a tip from the pirates on the Sirius Star, so they started to fire in the air as our people approached the land," Libaan Jaama told CNN. "When our pirates heard the shots, they thought they would be robbed, so they tried to return to the tanker. In that quick turn the boat capsized."

The tanker’s capture in November sparked fears for its enormous cargo. The Liberian-flagged tanker was carrying 2 million barrels of crude oil worth about $100 million when it was captured.

Andrew Mwangura of the Kenya Seafarers Association said it would have been a "disaster" if the pirates had fired guns aboard the ship, harming the cargo or igniting a fire…

Who says God hasn’t got a sense of humor?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Pirates Drowned Evading Other Pirates”

  1. Gila Monster says:

    This is just too rich. A hearty laugh is a great way to start the day, thanks SG.

    • JohnMG says:

      Imagine. Now there is another way besides piracy to make a living in Somalia. Wait for the pirates to receive the ransom and then heist the loot from the pirates.

      See!! Capitalism beats socialism every time when it comes to creating jobs. ;-}

  2. sheehanjihad says:

    If it wasnt so tragic, the powers of the world having to bow to the freakin PC crowd, it would be more funny than it is. The only way, and I mean the only way to stop this crap is to eliminate successes.

    Dead pirates cannot tempt others to follow in their footsteps. Somalia is a festering cesspool of degenerate ignorant people who play on the sensitivities of the world community to get money they dont have a clue how to spend.

    Pick out the areas of the country where the pirates are enjoying the fruits of their labors, and destroy them with precision strikes. Have predator drones on station with hellfire missles that immediately sink any vessel that leaves port for any reason whatsoever. It would be childishly simple to blockade that entire country, and literally cut them off from any coastal commerce until the piracy stops.

    They understand force, unfortunately, the world community doesnt. And so they operate with impunity, laughing at the stupidity of it all. Kill them, and the problem is solved. Destroy anything that was created by ransom money, and the temptation to emulate them goes away rapidly.

    Wring your hands and try to figure out a non violent way to stop it, then keep paying them to take over ships and laugh in your faces.

    • JohnMG says:

      The solution is just as simple as you state, but isn’t practical, again, for the reasons you state in your post, sj. Think about it.

      The world doesn’t HAVE to bow to this PC nonsense, the world CHOOSES to do so. The solution will be implemented when world leaders with some common sense are once again in charge.

      Unfortunately, we now have BHO, and the rest of the world thinks he’s just the tonic we need. Pitiful!

    • DEZ says:

      Sadly the sharks were not in a feeding frenzy!

  3. gipper says:

    Shiver me timbers! Methinks we need Barack Beard to captain this crew. The ship was laden with $100 million in booty and ye only came away with $3.4 million? And five of your crew is resting with Davey Jones? Arrgh! A tragedy. Government…er…a good crew can wrest away more’n that.

  4. greasywrench says:

    Just what in the Hell is the world coming to these days when you can’t trust another Pirate? Is there no honor among thieves? (greasywrench sighs and shakes his head)

  5. BillK says:

    Gee, I guess that “Pirate Code” book that featured so prominently in Disney’s recent movies doesn’t really exist, does it?

    I’m not kidding when I say I think far too many Americans think Johnny Depp when they think “pirate.”

  6. Consilience says:

    BillK—you’re right. Given the poor quality of education most kids have these days, I’d be surprised if they even knew pirates are thieves/swindlers/murderers! Hell, Depp’s character was a scoundrel with a heart of gold—lovable even…Nope John MG is right: if we make it through BHO and his insanity, I predict “common sense” will make a hellacious comeback—at least that’s what I’m praying for.

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    Mental note to Athiest: Thar be a God ye scolly wogs!!

  8. BaghdadRunner says:

    Johnny Depp is a pirate, typical left wing axx talks badly about the his place of origin and reaps all the benefits. I keep hearing the left talk about the need for new and higher taxes well I thought of one a Hollywood Idiot tax it will tax the outrageous sums of money these ingrates make, some of it can be use to fund a school for the rationale thinking. but in general it is time to help balance your budget boycott movies with the list of characters like Johnny Depp the list is too long to mention, one could pretty much use a dart and blind fold to find the Hollywood idiot

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