Archive for Sunday, January 11, 2009

5 pirates drown with ransom share

January 11, 2009


— Five of the pirates who hijacked a Saudi supertanker drowned with their share of a $3 million ransom, a relative said Saturday, the day after the bundle of cash was apparently dropped by parachute onto the deck of the ship.

The Sirius Star and its 25 crew sailed safely away Friday at the end of a two-month standoff in the Gulf of Aden, where pirates attacked over 100 ships last year. Hundreds more kidnapped sailors remain in the hands of pirates.

The drowned pirates’ boat overturned in rough seas, and family members were still looking for four missing bodies, said Daud Nure, another pirate who knew the men involved.


Steve Jacob 9 years, 2 months ago

Someone please tell me why they keep paying the ransoms, so they can do in again and again.

jaywalker 9 years, 2 months ago

Well, srj, um...'cuz there are men with families on the boats, merchandise, not to mention the boat itself.

somebodynew 9 years, 2 months ago

While, I understand the reasons for paying, I still think a trained and equipped secutity force to fight them off in the first place would be cheaper. The $3 million paid here should be capable of outfitting several forces, and then the cargo gets to where it is going on time.

jaywalker 9 years, 2 months ago

I agree with that, somebody new, and I imagine there are plans in place.Sure is Buffy, wonder why this doesn't go on in other areas. Oh, yeah, the U.S. Navy patrols the waters to eliminate such behavior. Huh.

50YearResident 9 years, 2 months ago

Four well placed .50 cal machine guns on each cargo ship would nip this problem in the bud very quickly.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 2 months ago

All pirates, one day, must swim with their ill-gotten gains lashed tightly to their ankles.

Confrontation 9 years, 2 months ago

I wonder how many more idiots will die trying to locate the missing ransom money.

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