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Luxury yachts offer pirate hunting cruises

Post by alvinsch » Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:08 pm

For those of you who can't decide how to spend all that money you saved with low ERs.

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_3374702.html
Luxury ocean liners in Russia are offering pirate hunting cruises aboard armed private yachts off the Somali coast.

Wealthy punters pay £3,500 per day to patrol the most dangerous waters in the world hoping to be attacked by raiders.

When attacked, they retaliate with grenade launchers, machine guns and rocket launchers, reports Austrian business paper Wirtschaftsblatt.

Passengers, who can pay an extra £5 a day for an AK-47 machine gun and £7 for 100 rounds of ammo, are also protected by a squad of ex special forces troops.

The yachts travel from Djibouti in Somalia to Mombasa in Kenya.

The ships deliberately cruise close to the coast at a speed of just five nautical miles in an attempt to attract the interest of pirates.

"They are worse than the pirates," said Russian yachtsman Vladimir Mironov. "At least the pirates have the decency to take hostages, these people are just paying to commit murder," he continued.

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Re: Luxury yachts offer pirate hunting cruises

Post by 3CT_Paddler » Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:24 pm

Wow is that from The Onion!? Reminds me of some short story I read in high school The Most Dangerous Game I believe.

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Re: Luxury yachts offer pirate hunting cruises

Post by ryuns » Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:55 pm

3CT_Paddler wrote:Wow is that from The Onion!? Reminds me of some short story I read in high school The Most Dangerous Game I believe.
I remember that story. Why did every high schooler have to read that? Was there something significant about it? I really don't remember.

Anyway, there has to be a cheaper way to get a thrill than that. Rent a fast car, sign up for a bare knuckle boxing match, hunt bears with a bow and arrow, streak a sporting event, travel the minority populated parts of town shouting racial epithets, etc. If you only get your kicks via explosions and the like, you could always find re-runs of A-Team or Miami Vice.

Ryan
An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered. -- GK Chesterton

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