Saturday, June 27, 2009

Holy Smokes!

. Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pirate hunting has now turned into a vacation:

Luxury ocean liners in Russia are offering pirate hunting cruises aboard armed private yachts off the Somali coast.

Wealthy punters pay £3,500 per day to patrol the most dangerous waters in the world hoping to be attacked by raiders.

When attacked, they retaliate with grenade launchers, machine guns and rocket launchers, reports Austrian business paper Wirtschaftsblatt.

Passengers, who can pay an extra £5 a day for an AK-47 machine gun and £7 for 100 rounds of ammo, are also protected by a squad of ex special forces troops.

The yachts travel from Djibouti in Somalia to Mombasa in Kenya.

The ships deliberately cruise close to the coast at a speed of just five nautical miles in an attempt to attract the interest of pirates.

"They are worse than the pirates," said Russian yachtsman Vladimir Mironov. "At least the pirates have the decency to take hostages, these people are just paying to commit murder," he continued.
Three questions: 1) Who would pay that much money to go pirate hunting off of Somalia?, 2)Do the people that are shelling out this dough see anything wrong with what they're doing? and 3) Since when is Djibouti part of Somalia? We need to follow Ms. South Carolina's advice and get some people some maps!

(h/t: MR)


Chris said...

It ought to be cheaper than 3500 pounds per day to go pirate-hunting on your own dime, especially if that price doesn't include the ammunition.

Holy Smokes!




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