Italian Cruise Ship Shoots Back at Pirates, Foils Attack

Captain's use force wards off buccaneers
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2009 10:09 AM CDT
This image shows the Italian cruise ship Msc Melody entering the port of Messina May 15, 2008. The commander of the ship says his crew successfully fended off an attack by pirates.   (AP Photo/Roberto Munao)
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(Newser) – An Italian cruise ship with 1,500 passengers survived a pirate attack yesterday when the ship's captain ordered his security crew to fire back, CNN reports. The six armed men fled in their speedboat after drawing fire from the Melody, which was sailing off the coast of Somalia on the way back to Italy. No one on board was injured.