In the old days (last week) Somali pirates would occasionally board a ship, there’d be some negotiations, money would change hands, and the ship would be back on track. That was not a good system, but it was a system.
Then the first American flagged ship to get taken by the pirates comes along and the crew does the Chuck Norris thing and the whole system has collapsed.
The latest news:
- A Panama flagged carrier freighter was attacked by pirates, and the attack was repulsed with fire hoses.
- Friday, on a yacht sailing through the area, one Frenchman and two pirates died during an attempted rescue by the French military.
- Negotiations are still underway regarding the US flagged ship and its captain, still held hostage on a lifeboat.
- Naval vessels are converging on the area.