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Just Like Jackie Chan…

From The Times:

“Seven of the nine pirates landed on our ship, all with weapons,” Peng Weiyuan, the captain of Zhenhua 4, said in a telephone interview with China Central Television.

“Our crew, who had been well trained and prepared, used water cannon, self-made incendiary bombs, beer bottles and anything else that could be used to battle with them. Thirty minutes later, the pirates gestured to us for a ceasefire.”

“Then the helicopter from the joint fleet came to help us.”

Good lads! I can’t even begin to imagine tackling a load of tooled-up Somalian nutcases ripped to the tits on khat with a crate of Stella empties. Respect is most certainly due.


  1. RobtE says:

    The best bit of the story is missing from The Times‘s account. The “tooled-up Somalian nutcases ripped to the tits on khat” were barefoot. When it came time for them to leave the ship they were afraid of cutting their dainty feet on all the broken glass, so the ship’s crew threw three pair of shoes at them*. The pirates took turns wearing the shoes to leave the ship.

    * What is it with the shoe-throwing this week?

  2. NickM says:

    Thanks Robt. That is brilliant on so many levels.

  3. RAB says:

    It would be so much easier if all ships were armed. If the crew had ak47s and maybe a heavy machine gun or two…

    When this was discussed on SI, I remember someone insisting that we should not underestimate these Pirates. They were armed to the teeth and well disciplined etc.
    Well I didn’t argue then because I knew little about them.
    But I did have my doubts.

    This lot, you could have seen off with a couple of buckets of tin tacks apparently!
    It’s almost St Trinians…

    Well done Captain and crew.

  4. Bodwyn Wook says:

    Whatever one makes of it (my grandfather was at Jutland), of late these Chinamen ARE developing a distinct knack for…seafaring. A long time since the days of Chung Ho, eh?

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