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    5 Somali pirates drown with ransom share
    MOGADISHU, Somalia Five of the pirates who hijacked a Saudi supertanker drowned with their share of a $3 million ransom, a relative said Saturday, the day after the bundle of cash was apparently dropped by parachute onto the deck of the ship.

    The Sirius Star and its 25 crew sailed safely away Friday at the end of a two-month standoff in the Gulf of Aden, where pirates attacked over 100 ships last year. Hundreds more kidnapped sailors remain in the hands of pirates.

    The drowned pirates' boat overturned in rough seas, and family members were still looking for four missing bodies, said Daud Nure, another pirate who knew the men involved.

    Piracy is one of the few ways to make money in Somalia. Half the population is dependent on aid and a whole generation has grown up knowing nothing but war. A recent report by London's Chatham House think-tank said pirates raked in more than $30 million in ransoms last year.

    Somalia's lawless coastline borders one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, which links the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean. Attacks have continued despite the patrols by warships from France, Germany, Britain, America, India and China.

    The naval coalition has been closely monitoring both the Sirius Star and the Faina, a Ukrainian ship loaded with military tanks that has been held since September. The seizure of the Sirius Star on Nov. 15 prompted fears that the pirates might release some of the cargo of crude oil into the ocean, causing an environmental disaster as a way of pressuring negotiators. At the time, the oil was valued at $100 million.

    Abukar Haji, uncle of one of the dead pirates, blamed the naval surveillance for the accident that killed his pirate nephew Saturday.

    "The boat the pirates were traveling in capsized because it was running at high speed because the pirates were afraid of an attack from the warships patrolling around," he said.

    "There has been human and monetary loss but what makes us feel sad is that we don't still have the dead bodies of our relatives. Four are still missing and one washed up on the shore."

    Pirate Daud Nure said three of the eight passengers had managed to swim to shore after the boat overturned in rough seas. He was not part of the pirate operation but knew those involved.

    "Here in Haradhere the news is grim, relatives are looking for their dead," he said.

    The tanker had left Somali territorial waters and was on its way home Saturday, said Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali Naimi. A Saudi Oil Ministry official said the ship was headed for Dammam, on the country's Gulf coast, but gave no estimated time of arrival. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

    The U.S. Navy, which announced this week it will head a new anti-piracy task force, released photos Friday showing a parachute, carrying what was described as "an apparent payment," floating down toward the tanker.

    The Liberian-flagged ship is owned by Vela International Marine Ltd., a subsidiary of Saudi oil company Aramco. Neither commented on the reported ransom drop.

    "All the crew members are safe and I am glad to say that they are all in good health and high spirits," said a statement by Saleh K'aki, president and CEO of Vela. "Throughout this ordeal, our sole objective was the safe and timely release of the crew. That has been achieved today."

    But over a dozen ships and around 300 crew members are still being held. The capture of the Sirius Star has already demonstrated the pirates' ability to strike high value targets hundreds of miles offshore.

    On the same day the Saudi ship was freed, pirates released a captured Iranian-chartered cargo ship, Iran's state television reported Saturday. The ship Delight was carrying 36 tons of wheat when it was attacked in the Gulf of Aden Nov. 18 and seized by pirates. All 25 crew are in good health and the vessel is sailing toward Iran, the TV report said. It did not say if a ransom was paid.
    I love how the Uncle of one of the pirates is blaming his death on the fact that they had to run at full speed to evade being caught being crooks.It goes to show the whole country seems to think that piracy is okay,I think they oughta put more effort into destroying the pirates and their ships
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    Upside down backwards world in which people feel sorry for kidnapping criminals. I hope those parachutes contained timed explosives and sunk the pirate boats.
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    The drowned pirates' boat overturned in rough seas, and family members were still looking for four missing bodies, said Daud Nure, another pirate who knew the men involved.
    I hope they received help being overturned.

    Maybe some of the companies that have paid out the $30 million can locate the bodies and hold them for ransom. Forget it, the pirates wouldn't pay!

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    I spent a year in Somalia. It's a poor country for sure. Even back in 1987 there was a lot of thievery. I made some friends but unfortunately I most likely trained some of the SOBs that shot at some of our troops during the Somalia Fiasco.

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    Swimming lessons and life vests for the pirates anyone?
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    Oh I can tell you some Somalia stories.

    They normally swim VERY well if they are fishermen. Stupid thing is where most of them anchored their boats in Mogadishu was the same place they cut up the fish and threw the remains in the ocean. Well this of course drew in the sharks. Every month without fail someone would get eaten by a shark swimming out to their boat which were anchored a short ways offshore.

    First time I used a "Dupont Lure" was in Somalia. Fed an entire orphanage of over 200 kids off one lure too.

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    Pirates drown
    Bummer.

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    "There has been human and monetary loss but what makes us feel sad is that we don't still have the dead bodies of our relatives. Four are still missing and one washed up on the shore."
    Human loss? I don't feel bad for the loss of criminals. May Davy Jones keep their bodies and never return them. And hopefully he'll take the rest of the pirates too.
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    First time I used a "Dupont Lure" was in Somalia. Fed an entire orphanage of over 200 kids off one lure too
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    hadn't seen that kind of lure in a long time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by alelks View Post
    Oh I can tell you some Somalia stories.

    First time I used a "Dupont Lure" was in Somalia. Fed an entire orphanage of over 200 kids off one lure too.
    Boy am I getting old, I had to think about that one.

    But then I'm used to "Charles County Crab".
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    Drowning was an occupational hazard for me when I was in the US Navy. I would assume it is one for being a scum sucking low-life bottom feeding Pirate as well.
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    Somehow their loss of life just doesn't seem to phase me. It is really to bad about the loot though, what with the economic crises and all.

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    Call it whatever you like, Karma, Reaping what you Sow, Etc, Etc. It was a fitting end, and I do hope that there were some explosives in the bag!! Even Karma needs a hand now and then.
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    I'm just all choked up inside.... think I'll go refill my diet coke and read the comics. There, I'm over it.

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    It's funny, I don't feel anything.


    I wish I could understand why ships that travel in that area don't carry something as simple as a 50 cal gun, and some AR's. Don't stop, just start shooting and keep going.


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