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Pirates seized control of a French luxury yacht carrying 30 crew members Friday in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia's coast, the French government and the ship's owner said.
A handout photo from the French maritime transport company CMA-CGM shows the luxury yacht Le Ponant.
Attackers stormed the three-mast Le Ponant as it returned without passengers from the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, toward the Mediterranean Sea, said officials with French maritime transport company CMA-CGM.
"This is a blatant act of piracy," Prime Minister Francois Fillon told reporters while on a visit to Brussels. "The Defense and Foreign ministries are mobilized to act as quickly as possible, I hope in the coming minutes or hours to try to win the freedom of these hostages."
Originally posted by stikkinikki
Pirates? what the heck? Is it the lack of the USSR the reason for the pirate activity?
Originally posted by beaverg
That's one resilient mailman... Kudos on remaining so vigilant.
You never know when your mailman is actually a pirate.
Originally posted by more_serotonin_pls
Piracy sucks and I think a lot more needs to be done about it. This is the one situation where I would shoot first and ask questions later - without a shadow of a doubt.
Originally posted by LLoyd45
Think about it.. How does a small ship full of pirates capture a tanker or cruise ship without having some heavy duty firepower to intimidate them with?