Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Pirate Attack on Gandalf Surfaces in the Press

I first wrote about the pirate attack on the vessel Gandalf off the coast of Yemen on April 12 but it's recieved broader notice recently. The Associated Press moved a story on the incident yesterday – both the Boston Globe and a local Boston news affiliate picked it up. The event actually occurred back in early March...a harrowing tale with a happy ending. The sailors successfully fought off the pirates - despite taking deadly fire from their AK-47 assault weapons – by turning and ramming the attacking fishing boat full speed. It’s a great example of combating aggression with aggression, sometimes the only way to defend yourself when nobody is going to swoop in last minute and save the day. Reminds me of one of my favorite scenes in the movie "Captain Ron" where the Coast Guard does exactly that. Back to the AP story…it’s brief with not much detail. Check out this link from my original April post.

2 comments:

EVK4 said...

Great scene in White Squall where Jeff Bridges is talking to the Cuban Navy and his cook is about to be hauled off when they see the US Navy on the horizon...not coming to the rescue, but supposedly the beginning of the naval blockade in the Cuban Missile Crisis...good sailing movie if you haven't seen it

Zephyr said...

That's an awesome movie. Be sure to check out this post for more:
http://zephyrsail.blogspot.com/2005/03/hollywood-stars-crew-for-volvo-and.html