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Pirates recapture U.S. hostage after escape bid - April 10th 2009, 01:11 PM

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MOGADISHU, Somalia - The American sailor being held hostage by Somali pirates managed to jump off the lifeboat overnight but was recaptured, NBC News reported Friday.

Captain Richard Phillips tried to swim away before being taken back into the pirates' custody, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski told the TODAY show.

The escape bid was witnessed by the U.S. Navy but happened too quickly for them to come to his aid.

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Re: Pirates recapture U.S. hostage after escape bid - April 10th 2009, 09:53 PM

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The escape bid was witnessed by the U.S. Navy but happened too quickly for them to come to his aid.
That sucks...

Every capable Navy needs to blow the damn pirate ships right out of the water.
   
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Re: Pirates recapture U.S. hostage after escape bid - April 10th 2009, 10:03 PM

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That sucks...

Every capable Navy needs to blow the damn pirate ships right out of the water.
When do you propose to do that? When they're just hanging around looking just like fishing boats? Or when they're taking the ship that they've just captured, packed with hostages, back to Somalia? The best that the navies can do is try to catch them in mid-attack, which strangely enough is what they do at the moment.
   
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Re: Pirates recapture U.S. hostage after escape bid - April 10th 2009, 11:57 PM

What they need to do is to bring back the old "Cue Ship" Strategy.

Essentially a cargo ship or tanker that actually is loaded down enough firepower and armed men to occupy a small farming town.


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Re: Pirates recapture U.S. hostage after escape bid - April 11th 2009, 12:05 AM

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What they need to do is to bring back the old "Cue Ship" Strategy.

Essentially a cargo ship or tanker that actually is loaded down enough firepower and armed men to occupy a small farming town.
That could work pretty well. It's something I've wanted them to do for a while. Pull off that trick a few times and the pirates will be a lot warier of attacking ships.

On the other hand, they'd still have the desperation factor: the rampant poverty in Somalia and the almost total breakdown of the country means that piracy is one of very few industries that they still have.
   
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Re: Pirates recapture U.S. hostage after escape bid - April 11th 2009, 02:03 AM

It's a horrible situation, to say the least. I hope they are able to think of some way to save him.


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Re: Pirates recapture U.S. hostage after escape bid - April 11th 2009, 02:51 AM

This has been talked about for I believe a week or longer.

I think alot of news gets old and dies out sooner or later
   
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Re: Pirates recapture U.S. hostage after escape bid - April 11th 2009, 04:27 AM

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When do you propose to do that? When they're just hanging around looking just like fishing boats? Or when they're taking the ship that they've just captured, packed with hostages, back to Somalia? The best that the navies can do is try to catch them in mid-attack, which strangely enough is what they do at the moment.
Whenever the opportunity arises, and when the navy in question can guarantee that the vessel has solely pirates on board.
   
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