Horror on the High Seas

Robinson, Simon; Elegant, Simon; Donnelly, Sally B.; Rice, Xan
November 2005
Time;11/21/2005, Vol. 166 Issue 21, p52
This article reports on a pirate attack on the Seabourn Spirit, a Miami-based cruise ship with 312 on board, while the ship cruised off the Somalia coast. Passengers recall seeing inflatable rubber boats, each with four or five black-clad men armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, speeding towards the Spirit. The captain put the ship in overdrive and managed to escape the pirates. Piracy is still a problem on the open seas; the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Center estimates worldwide incidents of pirating could top 300 in 2005.


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