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5 Somali Pirates Drown – With Their Swag

From a dismayed Associated Press:

A parachute dropped by a small aircraft is observed by the U.S. Navy as it drops over the MV Sirius Star during an apparent payment via a parachuted container to pirates holding the Sirius Star off the coast of Somalia, January 9, 2009.

5 Somali pirates drown with ransom share

Saturday, January 10, 2009

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Five of the Somali pirates who released a hijacked oil-laden Saudi supertanker drowned with their share of a reported $3 million ransom after their small boat capsized, a pirate and a relative of one of the dead men said Saturday.

Pirate Daud Nure said the boat with eight people on board overturned in a storm after dozens of pirates left the Sirius Star following a two-month standoff in the Gulf of Aden that ended Friday.

He said five people died and three people reached shore after swimming for several hours…

Abukar Haji, the uncle of one of the dead men, said the deaths were an accident.

"The boat the pirates were traveling in capsized because it was running at high speed because the pirates were afraid of an attack from the warships patrolling around," he said.

"There has been human and monetary loss but what makes us feel sad is that we don’t still have the dead bodies of our relatives. Four are still missing and one washed up on the shore." …

U.S. Navy photos released Friday showed a parachute, carrying what was described as "an apparent payment," floating toward the tanker. The Sirius Star and its 25-member crew had been held since Nov. 15. Its cargo of crude oil was valued at US$100 million at the time…

More than a dozen ships with about 300 crew members are still being held by pirates off the coast of Somalia, including the weapons-laden Ukrainian cargo ship MV Faina, which was seized in September.

The multimillion dollar ransoms are one of the few ways to earn a living in the impoverished, war-ravaged country. Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991 and nearly half of its population depends on aid.

What heartbreak – at least for the Associated Press.

"There has been human and monetary loss but what makes us feel sad is that we don’t still have the dead bodies of our relatives. Four are still missing and one washed up on the shore."

Who, as usual, make the pirates sound like they are victims, forced into piracy by the evil capitalist system.

The multimillion dollar ransoms are one of the few ways to earn a living in the impoverished, war-ravaged country. Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991 and nearly half of its population depends on aid.

Perhaps we should all take it up.

(Thanks to Franco for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 10th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “5 Somali Pirates Drown – With Their Swag”

  1. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The fools and their money are soon parted. And the briny deep sends down more new permanent residents to Davy Jones Locker. What do you wager that as the waters began to pull them under that they still tried to greedily grasp out for the money?

    • Confucius says:

      Who knew swimming wasn’t a pre-requisite for being a pirate?

    • Steve says:

      “Who knew swimming wasn’t a pre-requisite for being a pirate?”

      Actually, back in the golden age of piracy — the 17th and early 18th centuries — none of them could swim.

      In fact, practically nobody could. It just wasn’t done.

    • Confucius says:

      I wonder if this is because there weren’t any Y’s back then . . . just like there aren’t any Y’s in Somalia today.

      If only they had a good community organizer . . . .

  2. bill says:

    Boat just happened to sink, right? I wonder what the submarine fired?

  3. Colonel1961 says:

    Poor pitiful pirates. All they were trying to do is feed their families…

    This is just another example of terrorism, and giving in to their demands only breeds more pirates. They should be slaughtered – and the sooner the better.

    • Confucius says:

      Yeah. They were salt-of-the-earth kind of people. At least now, they are salt-of-the-sea kind of people.

  4. crosspatch says:

    “one of the few ways to earn a living in the impoverished, war-ravaged country.”

    Well, maybe if they didn’t so ravage their country with war, there would be more ways to earn a living. Seems to me they could better serve their country by working more to getting a proper government than to use war as an excuse for theft, kidnapping and extortion.

  5. VMAN says:

    Does the USA still have a Delta Force? Do we still have Navy Seals? And what about other countries? Do they have Special Forces? Why can’t these scum be eliminated?
    I remember seeing a documentary about several African countries with large plantations or farms that were in ruins since the Muslim and Communist scum took over.

    • Barbie says:

      Stick around. With Obama and the mad fringe left Congress in charge, you can see a documentary about the U.S. fairly soon…

  6. Helena says:

    “The boat the pirates were traveling in capsized because it was running at high speed because the pirates were afraid of an attack from the warships patrolling around,”

    Somehow this is reminiscent of the high-speed car chases on our highways. The police in many areas can’t chase perps at high speeds because of possible collateral damage to innocent bystanders. How soon before relatives of these pirates are classified as innocent bystanders who will suffer? Calling Amnesty International.

  7. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    Only 5 drown?!? Oh, too bad, So sad. ROFLMAO This story put a smile on my face and I cannot stop it. THEY aren’t good swimmers are THEY? LMAO Or is the the correct term Those People?!?

  8. pinandpuller says:

    This is what happens when you shut down community swimming pools.

  9. Paulajay says:

    Probably their weapons weighed them down, poor dears. If only ships travelling through these waters would hire a sharpshooter to blow a hole into any oncoming boat filled with dark men carrying rocket launchers, this problem would be solved. But, alas, what about the pirates’ “rights?” Instead of ransom, maybe we should call it “reparations”.


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