Pirate Hunting Cruises??!!

Discussion in 'Off Topic Chat' started by Antarctican, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. Antarctican

    Antarctican TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2006
    Messages:
    24,809
    Likes Received:
    27
    Location:
    The Great White North
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    One of Canada's national newspapers carried a story today about rich Russians with lots of money signing up for pirate-hunting cruises on armed private yachts off the Somali coast. They pay $6,620/day to patrol those waters (known for having pirates) in the hope they will be attacked by raiders. If/when attacked, they retaliate with grenade launchers, machine guns and rocket launchers. For an extra $9.45/day they get an AK-47 machine gun, with 100 rounds of ammo costing $13.25. The people doing this 'cruise' are also protected by a squad of former special forces. The yachts are said to travel from Djibouti in Somalia to Mombasa in Kenya. They deliberately cruise close to the coast at a speed of just 5 nautical miles/hr in an attempt to attract the interest of pirates.

    Just when you thought you had heard everything.....

    [​IMG]


     
  2. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2007
    Messages:
    7,825
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    The Magic Kingdom
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Next years' TPF Meet-up then... :gun:
     
  3. spiffybeth

    spiffybeth TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2007
    Messages:
    3,671
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    NJ
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I'd like to be paid $6,620/day
     
  4. MBasile

    MBasile TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2008
    Messages:
    362
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Do you have a link to the article? That's awesome!
     
  5. CW Jones

    CW Jones TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2009
    Messages:
    813
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    omg I would so do that! haha
     
  6. Antarctican

    Antarctican TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2006
    Messages:
    24,809
    Likes Received:
    27
    Location:
    The Great White North
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    [​IMG] Be on time, or walk the plank!

    Here's the link (it may only be good on today's date)
     
  7. Josh220

    Josh220 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,730
    Likes Received:
    83
    Location:
    California
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    If I had that kind of money I would do that in a heartbeat. I think it's a great idea. Maybe it will help put a stop to the pirate problems over there. Entire villages are raising their children to become pirates as their way of life, it's ridiculous.
     
  8. polymoog

    polymoog TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2008
    Messages:
    1,283
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Meercat Manor
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    That's kind of like what the Sea Shepherds do in Antartica, they are not exactly endorsed by anyone legal either but they're the only ones doing anything about the whale hunting down there, which they say is in excess of what the law allows ...
     
  9. royalWITHcheese2

    royalWITHcheese2 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2007
    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Mass
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I'm not going to lie this sounds pretty badass. It would probably be fun right up til you take an RPG to the boat, or your face. I find it funny though that it's like $6200+ a day, and only about $30 for a gun and ammo. I'd rather bring my own for free. There are definitly some issues in this world though...
     
  10. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2007
    Messages:
    14,604
    Likes Received:
    1,236
    Location:
    Cedar Hill, Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    OMG! That sounds awesome!

    I always thought it would be cool to be a pirate - I guess a pirate hunter is close enough, lol.

    ...And you get paid for this too? Win-win!


    ...Or do I have to pay $6K a day to participate...? That doesn't sound so cool...
     
  11. Jaszek

    Jaszek No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2008
    Messages:
    2,177
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Unfortunately you are the one that has to pay :p. If they paid me I wouldn't be typing this right now :p. I would bye by Somalia shooting pirates with RPG's :D
     
  12. Phranquey

    Phranquey TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2008
    Messages:
    1,527
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Dayton, OH
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Oh, HELL yes!!

    The only problem with this is that the pirates mostly go after the bigger cargo vessels to get the ransoms from the large corporate owners.

    Now, if you want to give me a Browning "Ma Duece" on the side of one of those cargo ships...I'm there.
     

Share This Page