12 April 2009

Pirates may beat ninjas...

...but they don't beat the US Armed Forces:

Captain Jumps Overboard; SEALs Shoot Pirates (CNN)

-- The American captain of a cargo ship held hostage by pirates jumped overboard from the lifeboat where he was being held, and U.S. Navy SEALs shot and killed three of his four captors, according to a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the situation...

Snippets of information started to emerge Saturday about how the Maersk Alabama's crew managed to retake the ship after it was hijacked by pirates Wednesday about 350 miles off the coast of Somalia in the Indian Ocean.

The Alabama reached port in Mombasa, Kenya,on Saturday. Crew members aboard the freed cargo ship described how some of their colleagues attempted to "jump" their pirate captors.

A scuffle ensued and one of the sailors stabbed a pirate in the hand in the battle to retake the container ship, one of the sailors told CNN.

But pirates do, in fact, win student body elections if you go to North Carolina State University.

Edit: I still have one question about the massive media coverage over this event--I recall one of the news stations finding it necessary to include a 3-d rendering of what exactly it looks like for a person to jump out of a boat into the water. Do they really think we lack that much imagination?

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