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So the Somali pirates and the captain they took hostage are floating around in a lifeboat without any fuel off the coast of Somalia.

The pirates tried getting help from other captured ships, but to no luck as the warships blocked them from getting close. The captain tried escaping by jumping over the side of the lifeboat but was unsuccessful returning after they shot at him.

So why don't the military just sink the life raft. You can't float around in the water with an AK47. Some divers could save the captain and pick off the pirates at their leisure.

All this hurry up and do nothing, seems to play into the hand of the hijackers.

Article here

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - U.S. warships are trying to stop Somali pirates from sending reinforcements to a lifeboat where an American captain is being held hostage as the high-seas standoff off Africa's eastern coast entered a fourth day Saturday.

Underscoring the high stakes involved, France's navy on Friday freed a sailboat seized off Somalia last week by other pirates, but one of the hostages was killed.

A Nairobi-based diplomat, who spoke on condition on anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to reporters, said the pirates have summoned assistance but at least two American ships and U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft are deterring pirate ships and skiffs from contact with the lifeboat.

The pirates have threatened to kill their American hostage, Capt. Richard Phillips, if the U.S. attacks them, according to a Somali who has been in contact with the pirates.

The Somali said the pirates had called in four commandeered ships with hostages from a variety of nations including the Philippines, Russia and Germany.

The vice president of the Philippines, the nation with the largest number of sailors held captive by Somali pirates, appealed Saturday for the safety of hostages to be ensured in the standoff.
By netchicken: posted on 12-4-2009

Problem solved!
I think my idea was better but you have to admire the Navy seals being able to take out the pirates so cleanly.

Apparently the captain jumped overboard and sharpshooters on the USS Bainbridge took out the pirates still in the lifeboat.

American sea Captain Richard Phillips was safely rescued Sunday from four Somali pirates, who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, a U.S. intelligence official said.

Three of the pirates were killed and one was in custody after what appeared to be a swift firefight off the Somali coast, the official said.

Initial reports indicate Phillips jumped overboard for a second time and the military was able to take advantage of the situation.

Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vt., was transported to the USS Bainbridge nearby. He is resting comfortably after a checkup, the Navy said.
By netchicken: posted on 13-4-2009

Although the pirates are active at sea surely satellites can track them to their ports, and bomb the crap out of that. Looks like the stakes have been raised:

By Abdiqani Hassan
BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) - Somali pirates threatened revenge on Sunday after two separate hostage-rescue raids by foreign forces killed at least five comrades, raising fears of future bloodshed on the high seas.

The latest raid by U.S. forces on Sunday that saved an American hostage and one by France last week have upped the stakes in shipping lanes off the anarchic Horn of Africa nation where buccaneers have defied foreign naval patrols.
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The French and the Americans will regret starting this killing. We do not kill, but take only ransom. We shall do something to anyone we see as French or American from now

We cannot know how or whether our friends on the lifeboat died, but this will not stop us from hijacking,
he said.

Sea gangs generally treat their captives well, hoping to fetch top dollar in ransoms. The worst violence has been an occasional beating.

"We shall revenge," said another pirate, Aden, in Eyl village, a pirate lair on Somalia's eastern coast.

Some fear the U.S. and French operations may make the modern-day pirates more like their more fearsome forbearers.
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The pirates will know from now that anything can happen. The French are doing this, the Americans are doing it. Things will be more violent from now on. This is a big wake-up to the pirates. It raises the stakes.
said Andrew Mwangura of the Kenya-based East African Seafarers Assistance Program.
By netchicken: posted on 13-4-2009

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