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Retired Brit tourists fought off Somali pirates with deckchairs
Daily Mail ^ | 5th May 2011

Posted on 05/06/2011 8:23:09 PM PDT by george76

A retired couple who were enjoying a luxury cruise fought off Somali pirates with deck chairs as they attempted to storm the ship and kidnap them.

John and Barbara Jeffery had been enjoying the trip of a lifetime when the violent pirates tried to take over the ship they were sailing on.

As gun shot rang out, the couple defiantly armed themselves with deck chairs, tables and whatever came to hand as they helped to beat off the outlaws.

terror struck just one week in, when the MSC Melody was off the coast of Somalia, a spot haunted by pirates, when the couple and their fellow cruise passengers spotted a small speed boat following them.

Mr Jeffery described how the bandits struck in the night: 'It was about 11.30 in the evening.

'There would have been about 15 to 20 of us on deck. We had decided to enjoy our drinks outside as the entertainment in the bar area wasn't up to much.

'One of the passengers said they could see a small boat following us in the wake of our ship.

'I could hear the engine of the boat as well. When I looked over the side we saw their small boat had pulled up alongside us.'

John said the pirates hauled themselves aboard by slinging a rope over the side: 'I don't know how but they had somehow managed to get a rope hooked on to one of the lower decks and there was a pirate climbing up the side.'

With no members of the crew or security guards nearby, the passengers realised they would have to take matters into their own hands.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cruise; deckchairs; luxurycruise; pirates; somali; somalia; somalipirates; unitedkingdom; waronterror

1 posted on 05/06/2011 8:23:13 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Better not let Chuck Schumer find out about this. Deck Chair control would really hurt the Cruise Ship business.


2 posted on 05/06/2011 8:26:40 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now...)
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To: george76

Never bring a gun to deck chair fight!


3 posted on 05/06/2011 8:27:09 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: george76

“terror struck just one week in, when the MSC Melody was off the coast of Somalia, a spot haunted by pirates”

So,they were surprised when the pirates showed up?

Perhaps they expected Al Gore or the Wicked Witch of the North.

At least they had prepared themselves with the latest in self defense deck chairs.


4 posted on 05/06/2011 8:29:32 PM PDT by TxDas (This above all, to thine ownself be true.)
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To: george76

I honestly thought this was satire when I read the headline.

Somewhere, there is a Somali with a headwound having to explain to his buddies he got owned by a chair.


5 posted on 05/06/2011 8:30:23 PM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: george76
...when the MSC Melody was off the coast of Somalia, a spot haunted by pirates,...

What were they thinking? Off the coast of Somalia. That's like parking your car to listen to the radio and look at the stars while sitting in the middle of a ghetto in a big city.

6 posted on 05/06/2011 8:32:55 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: george76
Here's the latest in deck chair weaponry!

7 posted on 05/06/2011 8:33:30 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: george76

A luxury cruise sailing off the coast of Somalia? What could possibly go wrong? /rhetorical


8 posted on 05/06/2011 8:38:30 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (I asked the bartender for a bin Ladin, she said 'what's that? I said 'two shots then a splash.')
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To: george76
Better off with a shotgun. God approves of shotguns. Really.

/johnny

9 posted on 05/06/2011 8:39:27 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: george76

Ever wonder what a CWIS would do to muzzie skiffs off Somalia? Shucks, SO DID THESE DRUNK RUSSIAN NAVY GUYS..!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG-T7N_mx9I

Enjoy!

Fair play and S.O.P.? YEAH RIGHT..!!!


10 posted on 05/06/2011 8:41:33 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Now, if her fellow Brits would fight Islamism as strongly in her homeland, all would be well.


11 posted on 05/06/2011 8:42:07 PM PDT by doc1019 (Palin/Bachmann, unbeatable.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“as they helped to beat off the outlaws”

Something, uh, got lost in the translation from British to American.....
I think those tourists were in no mood to offer the Somalis any spotted dick;)


12 posted on 05/06/2011 8:43:21 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: george76
when the MSC Melody was off the coast of Somalia, a spot haunted by pirates,

that's like the German lady that jumped into the pool of the polar bear den at the zoo - and is surprised when she gets attacked.

13 posted on 05/06/2011 8:43:40 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (watch the otherhand)
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To: george76
All it would take on these ships is one armed guard - I do not get it
14 posted on 05/06/2011 8:45:21 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (watch the otherhand)
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To: george76

Clearly chairs need to be regulated.


15 posted on 05/06/2011 8:45:43 PM PDT by Flavius (What hopes for victory, Gaius Crastinus? What grounds for encouragement ?)
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To: Frank_2001

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!

Yeah, they beat off the outlaws and in return the outlaws ejaculated loudly with their AK-47s!


16 posted on 05/06/2011 8:48:33 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Frank_2001

I dunno, Frank. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with these guys.


17 posted on 05/06/2011 8:49:43 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Truth is the first casualty of American journalism.)
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To: george76

Real heroes. And a lot better to get hit with some shrapnel than to be captured by Somali pirates.


18 posted on 05/06/2011 9:00:13 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: george76

Deck chair control now.

The full story at the link is worth the click to read btw


19 posted on 05/06/2011 9:12:38 PM PDT by BJungNan (Spend yesterday's money good, today's money ok. Never spend tomorrow's money)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

That had never crossed my mind. Me thinks some of you are plowing far too deeply into these stories.


20 posted on 05/06/2011 9:17:41 PM PDT by BJungNan (Spend yesterday's money good, today's money ok. Never spend tomorrow's money)
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To: george76
Strange to see a story about a cruise ship and deck chairs with no mention of Titanic or icebergs.
21 posted on 05/06/2011 9:19:09 PM PDT by JPG (Zawahiri, you're next.)
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To: george76

Deck Chairs are good.
AR15 is better.


22 posted on 05/06/2011 9:33:27 PM PDT by Tupelo
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To: george76
"As gun shot rang out, the couple defiantly armed themselves with deck chairs, tables and whatever came to hand as they helped to beat off the outlaws."

As the old jokes goes...
Meanwhile...back at the ranch...Granny is beating off the Indians!

23 posted on 05/06/2011 9:38:46 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: george76
I just wished they would allow the revival of the Q-Ship--essentially a ship that looks like a conventional cargo ship but when the Somali pirates get too close the M2 Browning machine gun and M242 Bushmaster gun emplacements are unveiled and a small number of well-placed rounds will end the attack in short order.
24 posted on 05/06/2011 9:39:42 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: TxDas

I’d like to see the brochures and TV ads for Somalia cruises! I picture Mr. and Mrs. Howell wielding deck chairs while Gilligan swabs the deck.


25 posted on 05/07/2011 12:03:45 AM PDT by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: george76

I didn’t know MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Co.) had cruise ships. I was thinking this was a container ship that offered passenger service.

Looking up the ship on Wikipedia I see it was also attacked by pirates off the Seychelles in 2009.


26 posted on 05/07/2011 12:48:41 AM PDT by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: george76
That wasn't in the brochure.
27 posted on 05/07/2011 5:46:03 AM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks george76.
With no members of the crew or security guards nearby, the passengers realised they would have to take matters into their own hands.
Unfortunately, this is another pirates-thwarted story which doesn't end, "tossed their lifeless carcasses to the sharks".


28 posted on 05/07/2011 5:49:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Charles Henrickson; george76; Perdogg; martin_fierro; Seadog Bytes

Guess they chaised them off.


29 posted on 05/07/2011 5:55:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv
Guess they chaised them off.

LOL! Post of the thread!

30 posted on 05/07/2011 7:14:08 AM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Ah, deck chair porn. Give us more.


31 posted on 05/07/2011 7:48:27 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: SunkenCiv

They weren’t lounging around.


32 posted on 05/07/2011 7:50:58 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: george76

Although the article is dated May 5 2011, the incident occurred in 2009.


33 posted on 05/07/2011 9:17:51 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: magslinger

There wasn’t anything I could do with “shuffleboard”. ;’)


34 posted on 05/07/2011 9:28:17 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: george76; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Revolting cat!

Rearranging the deck chairs WORKED for once!


35 posted on 05/07/2011 12:34:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("If Eric Holder had his way, O-B-L would still be alive today." Thank you President Bush for Gitmo.)
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To: Salvavida
Somewhere, there is a Somali with a headwound having to explain to his buddies he got owned by a chair.

They are still working their way through defense against being attacked by a banana or a pointy stick.

36 posted on 05/07/2011 12:35:27 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("If Eric Holder had his way, O-B-L would still be alive today." Thank you President Bush for Gitmo.)
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To: SunkenCiv

:))


37 posted on 05/15/2011 11:56:03 PM PDT by Seadog Bytes (OPM: The Liberal solution to every societal problem... Other People's Money.)
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To: george76
LOL! BUMP!

38 posted on 05/16/2011 12:09:38 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (You do not have to smear (Pharaoh / Imam) Obama w/ lies....the truth does a fine job. :)
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To: george76
....This thread should really be great on September 19, 2011
INTERNATIONAL TALK-LIKE-A-PIRATE DAY!

39 posted on 05/16/2011 12:13:09 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (You do not have to smear (Pharaoh / Imam) Obama w/ lies....the truth does a fine job. :)
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To: SunkenCiv

>> Guess they chaised them off.

I’m reclined to agree.


40 posted on 05/16/2011 12:15:50 AM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: Gene Eric; Seadog Bytes

LOL!


41 posted on 05/16/2011 4:27:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: SunkenCiv
Guess they chaised them off.

If only they had had rocket loungers. Or should I say rocket lawnchairs?

42 posted on 05/16/2013 12:15:49 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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