Cruise Ship Escapes Pirates

Shots fired, but boat carrying 1000 steers to safety
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 2, 2008 6:44 AM CST
This aerial photo provided by the French Defense Ministry on Sunday, April 6, 2008 shows a French cruise ship after it was seized by pirates. The Nautica is the second cruise to be attacked this year.   (AP Photo/French Defense Ministry)
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(Newser) – A cruise ship carrying 1000 people was attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia, but made it to its destination safely, the Times of London reports. A pair of small boats carrying a few pirates each approached the Nautica and fired eight shots, but a crew member had spotted them and the ship sped to safety, docking in Oman as planned.

The Nautica, en route from Rome to Singapore, was the second cruise ship to face an attack in the area this year, but company officials say they won’t be halting operations. “Our crew are very well trained in safety, security, and antipiracy, and the ship is very well armed to deal with these situations,” said a rep.