While you might have thought that pirates were a thing of myth and legend, there are vessels on the open seas to this day that terrorize any ship that comes close. These pirates once hailed from the African country of Somali and like to lurk along the horn of Africa. Because this area is a very highly traffic trade route, these Somali pirates have a lot of opportunities to strike at vulnerable vessels. And they’re often ready strike when their victims least expect. Not only that, these pirates are geniuses at identify weak ships – and they go after them guns blazing with no remorse or pity for their victims. From 2008 to 2011, Somali pirates inflicted billions of dollars on the globabl shipping industry. They are a force to be reckoned with – but when they come face to face with Americans, the pirates are the ones that have to worry.
The pirate activity became very intense in 2012. The MV Smyrni was held hostage off the coast of Somali for 10 months while pirates ravaged the goods on board and tortured the crew. After a ransom was paid, the ship was free to leave. But the crew of 26 was never the same. And the 135,000 tons of crude oil was picked at.
Somali’s seafaring thugs are opportunistic and seize any chance they can to turn a quick profit. And with very little security in the international waters south of Africa, they are eager to raid any and all vessels that pass through their sights.
Just in the past month alone, five reports of piracy came from the Gulf of Aden. This is just off the coast of Somali as well. And in the vide below, which was just uploaded in April 2017, you’ll see how Americans fight back when they are confronted with the African pirates.
The private security guards were hired with the sole purpose of protecting the cargo on board the ship. And they accepted the job knowing that they would probably have to defend the vessel from these very Somali pirates. When the clip starts, the guards fire warning shots at the approaching pirates.
Many ships hire security guards instead of paying the expensive insurance premiums. They feel that steel and lead is a better insurance policy than a paper contract.
Poor, young men from Somali find pirating to be attractive because the violent work offers them quick and abundant money. It helps them pay for their families – although the work is criminal and violent.
The video below from Humans At Sea has been viewed more than 24 million times. And when you press play, you’ll watch a marine fire fight that is worthy of the silver screen. The video uploader also wrote the following as a description for the clip:
“The deadly fight between Somali pirates and a Private security guard on board a cargo ship. when pirates were trying to board the ship. Security guards fire dozens more rounds at the vessel which eventually retreats. This Incident have taken place in the Indian ocean in 2012. It has come to prominence again following an attack on an oil tanker in March.”