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Lurker the Second
07-11-2005, 16:27:17
Ship's Passengers Recount Pirate Attack

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: November 7, 2005

Filed at 10:38 a.m. ET

MAHE, Seychelles (AP) -- A cruise liner that was attacked by pirates over the weekend docked safely on this Indian Ocean archipelago Monday after changing its course to escape. Passengers described their horror as pirates in speedboats chased their luxury cruise liner at sea, firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles -- with smiles visible on faces otherwise hidden by ski masks.

''I was scared, I was very scared,'' Jean Noll of Florida. But her husband said the experience was not likely to deter them from enjoying another cruise. ''We cruise all the time,'' Clyde Noll said.

The Seabourn Spirit had been bound for Mombasa, Kenya, when it was attacked by pirates armed with grenade launchers and machine guns on Saturday about 100 miles off Somalia's lawless coast. The ship escaped by shifting to high speed and changing course.

The gunmen never got close enough to board the cruise ship, but one member of the 161-person crew was injured by shrapnel, according to the Miami-based Seabourn Cruise Line, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp.

After docking at the Seychelles, passengers boarded two buses for a tour of two of the resort islands and reporters were kept away. Most passengers were to continue from the Seychelles to Singapore, company officials said, although some who planned to tour Mombasa were to fly there Tuesday aboard a chartered plane.

Relieved holiday-makers praised the ship's captain for foiling the attack that lasted for more than 90 minutes, during which pirates fired their weapons on the bridge and elsewhere in an effort to cripple the vessel.

Some passengers were lucky to escape with their lives, said Charles Forsdick, from Durban, South Africa.

A woman survived an explosion in her stateroom simply because she was taking a bath at the time. Others flung themselves to the floor to avoid bullets that were zipping through the ship, Forsdick told Associated Press Television News.

''I tell you, it was a very frightening experience,'' WWII veteran Charles Supple, of Fiddletown, Calif., recalled by phone after the liner dropped anchor off Seychelles.

The retired physician and World War II veteran said said he started to take a photograph of a pirate craft, and ''the man with the bazooka aimed it right at me and I saw a big flash.

''Needless to say, I dropped the camera and dived. The grenade struck two decks above and about four rooms further forward,'' Supple said. ''I could tell the guy firing the bazooka was smiling.''

Bob Meagher of Sydney, Australia, said he climbed out of bed and went to the door of his cabin shortly before 6 a.m. after hearing a commotion outside.

''I saw a white-hulled boat with men in it waving various things and shooting at the ship -- at that stage it appeared to be rifle fire,'' he told Australian radio.

''My wife said `look, they're loading a bazooka,' which we later discovered was called an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) launcher.''

''There was a flash of flame and then a huge boom -- a terrible boom sound,'' he said, adding the grenade hit about 10 feet from where they were.

The liner had been at the end of a 16-day voyage from Alexandria, Egypt.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Monday that the attackers might have been terrorists. But others said the attack bore the hallmarks of pirates who have become increasingly active off Somalia, which has no navy and has not had an effective central government since 1991.

Judging by the location of the attack, the pirates likely were from the same group that hijacked a U.N.-chartered aid ship in June and held its crew and food cargo hostage for 100 days, said Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Program.

That gang is one of three well-organized pirate groups on the 1,880-mile coast of Somalia, which has had no effective government since opposition leaders ousted a dictatorship in 1991 and then turned on each other, leaving the nation of 7 million a patchwork of warlord fiefdoms.

Somalia's Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi has long urged neighboring countries to send warships to patrol Somalia's coast, which is Africa's longest and lies along key shipping lanes linking the Mediterranean with the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean.

U.S. and NATO warships patrol the region to protect vessels in deeper waters farther out, but they are not permitted in Somali territorial waters.

The International Maritime Bureau has for several months warned ships to stay at least 150 miles away from Somalia's coast, citing 25 pirate attacks in those waters since March 15 -- compared with just two for all of 2004.

The 440-foot-long, 10,000-ton cruise ship, which is registered in the Bahamas, sustained minor damage, the cruise company said. The liner, which had its maiden voyage in 1989, can carry 208 guests.

I'm getting all giddy thinking about the different ways I'd like to see those fuckers get what they deserve.

Funko
07-11-2005, 16:29:23
Barrels of rum and loads of gold?

Lurker the Second
07-11-2005, 16:31:18
No, a boatload of NINJAS up their asses.

How do you talk like a pirate in Somalian?

Venom
07-11-2005, 16:32:12
A battleship broadside? If there are even any battleships left.

JM^3
07-11-2005, 16:35:18
I use to want to be a pirate

JM

Squid Meier
07-11-2005, 16:43:09
I feel an idea for a game coming on

Venom
07-11-2005, 17:20:36
Originally posted by JM^3
I use to want to be a pirate

JM

Used to?

Funko
07-11-2005, 17:31:01
Before he found out that Ninjas pwn pirates!

Maybe JM^3 has read the real ultimate power book?

mr.G
07-11-2005, 17:43:31
yaaaay backwards

Dyl Ulenspiegel
07-11-2005, 18:07:02
"WWII veteran Charles Supple, of Fiddletown, Calif."

:lol:

Venom
07-11-2005, 18:07:55
As long as you were a pirate off the African coast you'd be safe. No ninjas there.

Chris
07-11-2005, 20:18:08
Apparently the pirates aern't so hot either, as the ship escaped.

Koshko
08-11-2005, 01:16:58
Some pirates ... Using rockets and machine guns. I want to see them be old school pirates shooting cannons at ships and coming aboard with sabers and eye-patches speaking in ye olde English tongue.

Sir Penguin
08-11-2005, 04:38:30
Ass pirates!

SP

JM^3
08-11-2005, 05:12:47
I expected that post waaayyyy earlier

JM

Koshko
08-11-2005, 06:08:08
Erotic Pirate Eye-Patch!

Drekkus
08-11-2005, 08:58:41
Originally posted by Venom
As long as you were a pirate off the African coast you'd be safe. No ninjas there. why not?

Venom
08-11-2005, 13:05:32
Too hot.

Also, the cruise ship supposedly used some kind of sonic weapon to fight the pirates. Blackbeard never had to deal with that shit.

King_Ghidra
08-11-2005, 13:14:36
A woman survived an explosion in her stateroom simply because she was taking a bath at the time

a good tactic, i wonder if she had time to light the scented candles

Gramercy Riffs
08-11-2005, 13:58:15
and drink the three bottles of wine, which is compulsory

Sir Penguin
08-11-2005, 17:28:37
I heard on the radio this morning that the ship drove off the pirates using a secret directed sonic weapon.

SP

MDA
08-11-2005, 17:49:28
yep, aft hedgehog launchers

Venom
08-11-2005, 18:03:11
Originally posted by Sir Penguin
I heard on the radio this morning that the ship drove off the pirates using a secret directed sonic weapon.

SP

I JUST SAID THAT!

Sir Penguin
08-11-2005, 18:06:08
My post contained more information. Your post sucked balls.

SP

Venom
08-11-2005, 18:37:13
I get special multipliers for posting it first. I win.

Sir Penguin
08-11-2005, 18:40:09
Dorkface!

SP

Japher
08-11-2005, 18:43:36
burn!

Venom
08-11-2005, 19:40:57
Originally posted by Sir Penguin
Dorkface!

SP

You calling someone a dork is like Drekkus calling someone stupid.

Japher
08-11-2005, 20:11:30
I don't get it

Venom
08-11-2005, 20:25:13
You've got a new baby. It will probably take awhile to get it again.

Japher
08-11-2005, 20:26:48
Tell me about it

even my girlfriend ain't putting out

MDA
09-11-2005, 12:01:44
Originally posted by Venom
I get special multipliers for posting it first. I win.

TRIPLE POST SCORE!

MDA
09-11-2005, 12:02:16
Originally posted by Venom
I get special multipliers for posting it first, I win.

TRIPLE POST SCORE!

MDA
09-11-2005, 12:02:39
Originally posted by Venom.
I get special multipliers for posting it first. I win.

TRIPLE POST SCORE!

Venom
09-11-2005, 13:09:42
I win thrice.

Nav
09-11-2005, 13:18:34
Nice anti-pirate weapon. However I think cluster bombing would have been more fun.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4418748.stm

Venom
09-11-2005, 13:26:44
Cluster bombing is always more fun. Those little bomblets exploding are nifty.

Funko
09-11-2005, 13:26:48
The security staff on board the Seabourn Spirit also won Mr Ballard's praise.

"We train all the crew in how to adequately operate the device. This time the head of security was an ex-Gurkha from Nepal, and he made some good quick decisions."

Don't fuck with the Gurkhas!

Venom
09-11-2005, 13:32:27
What a story. He went from a mountain Gurkha to a seaman. There's comedy to be had there. I smell another movie script. The Gurkhanian Pirate Slayer

Funko
09-11-2005, 13:34:31
Ghurkas vs Pirates vs Ninjas vs Robots vs Zombies part III

Venom
09-11-2005, 13:39:16
Not a very catchy title.

Funko
09-11-2005, 13:40:38
OK let's call it A New Hope and make the robot shoot first.

Venom
09-11-2005, 13:44:03
No one would be stupid enough to try that.

Funko
09-11-2005, 13:44:12
True.

Funko
09-11-2005, 13:44:45
Ghurkas vs Pirates vs Ninjas vs Robots vs Zombies vs Cute Bave But Stupid Teddy Bear Things Part III?

Venom
09-11-2005, 13:46:00
Close but needs more punch.

Ghurkas vs Pirates vs Ninjas vs Robots vs Zombies vs Cute Brave But Stupid Teddy Bear Things Part III: The Bloodening

Lurker the Second
09-11-2005, 14:08:18
Originally posted by Venom
Close but needs more punch.

Ghurkas vs Pirates vs Ninjas vs Robots vs Zombies vs Cute Brave But Stupid Teddy Bear Things Part III: The Bloodening

Needs to be

Ghurkas vs Pirates vs Ninjas vs Robots vs Zombies vs Cute Brave But Stupid Teddy Bear Things Part III: The Bloodening 2.

Drekkus
09-11-2005, 17:34:27
I want a LRAD, to torment my noisy neighbours.

Sir Penguin
09-11-2005, 18:16:33
I vote for Ghurkas vs Pirates vs Ninjas vs Robots vs Zombies vs Cute Brave But Stupid Cheerleaders Part III: The Bloodening 2.

SP

Drekkus
09-11-2005, 21:38:22
Would those be virgin cheerleaders?

Venom
09-11-2005, 22:04:39
Virgin Cheerleaders? :lol: What kind of straight laced school did you go to?

Drekkus
09-11-2005, 22:14:24
I can dream, can't i?

Venom
09-11-2005, 22:34:51
Apparently you can.

Drekkus
09-11-2005, 22:38:05
Otherwise it wouldn't be a real bloodening, right?

Nav
10-11-2005, 09:53:56
Even better..

Ghurkas vs Pirates vs Ninjas vs Robots vs Zombies vs Cute Brave But Stupid Teddy Bear Things Part III: The Bloodening 2: Back with Avengeance

Funko
10-11-2005, 09:58:01
THIS TIME THE TEDDY BEARS MEAN BUSINESS

Kitsuki
10-11-2005, 09:58:37
(WITH CHAINSAWS!)

MDA
10-11-2005, 12:00:20
Starring Jar Bear Binks

Sir Penguin
10-11-2005, 15:49:25
As a sexy cheerleader.

SP

MDA
10-11-2005, 16:45:05
Naturally.

except for the silicone

Japher
10-11-2005, 18:01:27
how is that natural?