Crewman on captain taken hostage: 'He...

Crewman on captain taken hostage: 'He saved our lives' - Sentin...

There are 3 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Apr 12, 2009, titled Crewman on captain taken hostage: 'He saved our lives' - Sentin.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

It began with a grappling hook coming over the stern. Suddenly, a group of Somali pirates were firing shots in the air, setting off a violent struggle on a massive freighter that crescendoed with a crewman from Connecticut stabbing a pirate in the hand with an ice pick.

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Haverhill, MA

#1 Apr 12, 2009
"they are just hungry" Is that right? So it's OK to take a ship hostage? In that case I'm just broke, I think I'll go rob a bank.
Only way to stop this is to stop rewarding it with ransom. When the Captain jumped into the water, that lifeboat should have been lit up like a Roman candle on the fourth of July. The crews of these ships should be allowed to carry side arms and shoot the pirates heads off as they come over the side. If the pirates fire on a US ship, that's an act of war. You take them out. I'm sure this will decrease the piracy problem. If not from fear, at least attrition.
God save Capt. Phillips, we don't seem to have the backbone to.
Jim

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Apr 12, 2009
i wonder what the ship was really hauling, many of these are transporting weapons under the disguise of food and aid.

This makes them a target for the pirates as the weapons are very profitable in that part of the world, and very profitable for the ships
REoL

Babson Park, MA

#3 Apr 13, 2009
The pirates are threatening to retalliate against the States. Too late, they run the Mass Pike.
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Gald to see everyone got out of this hostage situation!

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