Saturday, January 10, 2009

Giving Pirates A Bad Name

Sometimes it's the little things that get you. After holding a Saudi oil tanker and its' crew hostage for almost two months, Somali pirates finally got paid their $3 million ransom. Eight of them climbed aboard a small boat to make their getaway, and the damn thing capsized.

Five of the pirates drowned, the others eventually reached shore, but without the money. Damn the luck, now they're going to have to go out and hijack another vessel because it's doubtful that their more successful pirate buddies will be willing to share any of their loot.

I thought pirates knew how to swim. Guess they don't teach basic swimming techniques in Pirate School anymore. Although one would think that if a person chose to commit crimes on the high seas, the abilities to swim and pilot a boat might be important career skills to consider. It's like robbing a bank and picking a blind guy to drive the getaway car...amateurs.

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