Saturday, January 10, 2009

Davy Jones Claims 6 Pirates — And $300 Grand

Almost two months ago we reported on the hijacking of a Saudi-owned oil tanker by Somali pirates. Yesterday the owners of the ship paid a ransom of $3 million — reputedly dropped by parachute —and the pirates finally departed.

And today comes word of divine justice at work: six pirates drowned on their way home, and their share of the booty — $300,000 — went to the bottom with them.

According to Al Jazeera:

Somali pirates drown with ransom

Six members of a group of Somali pirates who hijacked and later released a Saudi-owned oil tanker are reported to have drowned along with their share of a $3m ransom.

The pirates were among eight men whose boat overturned off the coast of Kenya in a storm as they left the Sirius Star following a two-month standoff that ended on Friday, a pirate and a relative of one of the dead men said.

“Six of our boys perished at the sea while coming from the released Saudi supertanker,” Mohamed Said told the AFP news agency.

“The small boat that was carrying those killed and eight who survived was overloaded and at high speed, we have been told by the survivors.

“They were afraid of a chase from outsiders [foreign naval forces] who invaded Somalia waters,” he said.

The group’s $300,000 share of the ransom was also lost, he said.

Three pirates reached shore after swimming for several hours, pirate Daud Nure said on Saturday.

“There has been human and monetary loss but what makes us feel sad is that we don’t still have the dead bodies of our relatives. Four are still missing and one washed up on the shore,” Abukar Haji, the uncle of one of the dead men, said.
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The Sirius Star, owned by the shipping arm of oil giant Aramco, was carrying crude oil valued at $100m when it was hijacked on November 15.

Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali Naimi said on Saturday that the crew was safe and returning to the Gulf coast city of Dammam.

Presumably the motto of the Somali pirates (just as for all Muslims) is “inshallah”, “if Allah wills it.”

So what message is being delivered here — when Allah causes six honest hard-working pirates to sleep with the fishes?

Previous posts about the Somali pirates:

2005 Nov 5 Barbary Pirates Redux
    8 Update on the Somali Pirates
    14 The Mother Ship
2006 Mar 24 The Jamaica-Somalia Connection
  Apr 8 The Taliban, Somali-Style
  Jul 5 Pirates in the Strait
2007 Jun 5 Somali Pirates Take Danish Hostages
    6 The Territorial Waters of a Failed State
    8 Q-Ships for the Somali Coast?
    11 Pirates Demand Ransom for Danish Seamen
    13 Q-Ships, Pirates, and the Waters off Somalia
    25 The Danica White Runs Out of Food and Water
  Jul 11 Gossip-Mongers in Denmark
    21 The Danica White: Eight Weeks and Counting
  Aug 22 The Danica White Has Been Released
  Nov 24 Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Snaps
2008 Apr 21 A Spanish Danica White?
    29 Reputed $1.2 Million Paid to Free Spanish Hostages...
  May 2 A No-Pursuit Policy for Pirates
  Aug 23 Targeting the Somali Pirates
    23 More on Task Force 150
  Sep 8 Danish Ship Averts Pirate Attacks
    11 Those Undeterred Somali Pirates
    26 The Russians are Chasing the Somali Pirates
    26 A Quarrel Among Pirates
  Oct 1 Somali Government Asks for Russian Help Against Pirates
    3 Taking Kickbacks From Pirates
    9 Those Wascally Pirates
    9 Paying the Ransom
    15 Pirates Back Down
  Nov 17 The Oil Pirates


Henrik R Clausen said...

Damn. $2.7 million still in the hands of the criminals.

filthykafir said...

"Six of our boys perished at the sea while coming from the released Saudi supertanker," Mohamed Said told the AFP news agency.


"There has been human and monetary loss but what makes us feel sad is that we don't still have the dead bodies of our relatives."

So, call me dense, but after a year and a half of reading GoV, Jihad Watch, etc., I am still struck dumb, or at least amazed, by the utter business-as-usual approach of muslims to the most vicious criminal enterprises.

The quoted statement of Mr. Said, above, most reminds me of one of those press announcements of the British Admiralty during WWII. "At 0300 this morning, six of our brave lads failed to return from a highly dangerous mission against NAZI targets in the North Atlantic. Their grateful nation mourns its loss."

We really are dealing with freaking savages here. I know it is explained by the Islamo-supremacism of the ideology of Mohammed, but there exists such a complete disconnect between the reality I live in, compared to theirs, I cannot seem to adapt to being perceived as target-dhimmi-victim opportunity.

Bert said...

So there were 14 savages, six muslims of them "drowned" (with only 50.000 each in the turban, Mohammed "says"), three reach shore ($1m each), Mohammed "states" (=$3m).

In the old days of the Barbary Pirates this would not happen: "As Jefferson wrote to Adams in a July 11, 1786, letter, "I acknowlege I very early thought it would be best to effect a peace thro' the medium of war."

Bilgeman said...



We were all quite broken up about it here on MY ship, I can tell ya.

It seems that along with the demand for millions of dollars of ransom money, perhaps future scumbags should request a few PFD's...

(Personal Flotation Devices,"lifejackets" to you "farmers").

Man, that Karma...she's a bee-yotch, huh, lads?

laine said...

Well, since the ship and money belonged to the Saudis, keepers of Islam's holiest places, perhaps Allah was at least conflicted, and split the difference?

The Somali pirates broke Islam's version of the Golden Rule - thou shalt confine your stealing, raping, killing etc. to NON-Muslims.

Mother Effingby said...

I had the same reaction, too, Top Kafir.

Bilgeman said...

Top Kafir:

""There has been human and monetary loss but what makes us feel sad is that we don't still have the dead bodies of our relatives.""

Hey-sharks gotta eat, too! Hallal and tartare...yummy!