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Cruise Ship Adrift in Pirate Infested Indian Ocean



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Oh Noes, 1000 rich folks adrift at sea in a zillion dollar ship! Help help!!



More than a thousand people are awaiting rescue on the Costa Allegra cruise ship after a fire broke out on board causing the luxury liner to lose power.

The ship is adrift in the Indian Ocean more than 200 miles from the Seychelles island nation off mainland Africa, an area that is infested by pirates.

This is the second emergency situation this year for Costa Cruises which is owned by Carnival Cruises. In January, 32 people were killed when the Costa Concordia capsized after hitting rocks off the Italian island of Giglio. Seven people are still missing and presumed dead.

“The passengers and crew are in safe condition,” said Commander Cosimo Nicastro of the Italian coast guard. “They are not necessarily comfortable because the ship only has emergency power on board, but they are safe.”

“The winds right now are blowing at about 25 knots but we are not worried because it is a big ship, so the weather is not a concern,” Nicastro said.

He said the Italian coast guard used satellite systems to spot nearby vessels that have agreed to assist in the emergency. A French fishing boat should reach the Allegra tonight. Another fishing boat should arrive by 5 a.m., and three merchant ships are also on the way.


Meh heh heh ... If I was king of the world, I would have done this one years ago. But with the world focus on Iran, and the various economies going in the drink, now may actually be a better time. We seem to have forgotten about Somalia and the pirate plague. Or so they may think!

Sure, the ocean liner had a fire. And it has no engines. And the wire service article says a couple of fishing boats and perhaps a merchant marine ship might be able to get there in a day or so. No word on any Navy ships or helicopters or anything like that. But what if the 1000+ passengers ... were Rangers and Seals? Bait like this will draw every Somali pirate within 1000 miles, and the ship is only a couple hundred miles off their coast. And perhaps drifting closer. This could be a purrrrrrrrfect opportunity ...

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/27/2012 at 10:17 PM   
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