Passengers Talk about Failed Pirate Attack

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Muscat, Oman (AP) Passengers on a luxury cruise liner that pirates shot at in waters off Somalia are talking about the experience.

Some say the attackers' boldness surprised them – but the failed assault on the M/S Nautica on Sunday was no big deal. One woman calls the incident “very minor.” She says the attack lasted about five minutes.

A man from Oregon, Clyde Thornberg, says he heard several pops from the pirates' rifles. He says the captain ordered passengers off the decks and was “pouring on the coals” to speed away from the pirates' small boats.

The crew also used a device that blasted a painful sound wave to keep the attackers away from the 600-foot-long ocean liner.

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