Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by rocdiver, Apr 10, 2009.
Or ... somebody forgot to tell the pirates about the leak in their inflatable boat!
You mean those 1/2" ( .50 Cal) holes that started to appear in the boat and people as soon as it was clear of the stern of the ship?
One can only hope!
There might be hope yet. The BBC reports that yemen has sentenced 6 Somali pirates to death and 6 others to imprisonment for their roles in hijacking a Yemeni tanker last year.
I don't think the Yemeni appeal process is as long winded as ours ...
If that sentence were handed down in the US they'd get 3 hots & a cot for 20 years and by then their sentence would probably be commuted. I'm guessing things might move a bit faster in Yemen. What time is it now?
I figure the real life was much less romantic. For starters, on a big Russian warship (and, I figure, any other nation too) there is always plenty of freaked-up junk. Nobody said they were given the best-maintained, on-duty lifeboat Besides, official reports said that is "inflatable boat", not "actually inflated boat". Chances are, these pirates simply did too poor a job of inflating it.
Just discovered this one: Russians do their best at problem solving:
LOL. 4.38, explosion. Voices:"And that's all? Well, and we thought... not even a small light burning there..." 4.51: "O, this one I can understand! Good work, sapper, you'll make a good fireman!"
It appears that insurance companies are finding that piracy is good for business. http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/09/07/5059514-pirates-insurers-profit-from-high-seas-raids
U.S. Marines storm pirate-held cargo ship
Just finished reading an article in one of the local boating papers.
Article is from a Vietnam vet who went cruising the pacific after some business ventures in SE Asia.
He claims to have had the ideal anti piracy weapons onboard:
a nozzle in the exhaust manifould that he used to squirt little amounts of oil in and by doing so create a smoke screen, and a scubatank filled with air and one filled with petrol that he connect together and used as a flame thrower.
These disconnected were not considered weapons.
"Five Somali men accused of attacking a U.S. Navy ship off Africa's coast were convicted on federal piracy charges Wednesday, in what experts said was the first trial of its kind in more than a century." Facing mandatory Life in prison.
Pirates convicted..... Good.
From the srticle "Defense lawyers had argued the men were innocent fishermen who had been abducted by pirates and forced to fire their weapons at the ship."
That would be the weapons that the innocent fishermen usually use for fishing? Does an RPG automatically fillet your fish when you fire it into the sea ?
Sometimes it's hard to be a lawyer. Can you imagine what it takes to do that and not laugh? Thankfully we live in a country where even the indefensible gets a legitimate defense effort. Should be fun in the old jail house when they get settled and meet Bubba. Hope they send lots of letters home describing how much fun they're having with no chance of it ever ending.
this is so different from our normal daily court decisions.....how can they be found guilty??......any body who attacks a u.s.destroyer with a skiff and some small arms most be ,as we say ''mentally hindered''... [ p c for nuts ]....the court systems in the u. s. finds these people Innocent every day..
"Dear Mom, it's not too bad here. I get three meals a day. I am completing my education, I have a nice warm cot to sleep on and a new botfriend to share it with................."
It seems the friends and family of those who are now guests of the US Taxpayer are as busy as ever grabbing ships.
I hear that there's still some room left at Supermax.
Canadian killed in Honduras; daughter rescued.