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Pirates kidnap Americans from commercial ship

By Pauline Jelinek

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:19 p.m. HST, Oct 24, 2013

WASHINGTON » Pirates attacked a commercial ship near the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped two U.S. mariners, a U.S. defense official said today.

The captain and an engineer were taken away from the offshore supply vessel during the Wednesday afternoon attack in international waters of the Gulf of Guinea, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the information.

The pair were kidnapped from the U.S.-flagged vessel named C-Retriever, a 222-foot ship owned by Edison Chouest Offshore of Louisiana, the official said.

The vessel and 11 other members of the crew were released, the official said.

Nigerian Navy Capt. Kabir Aliyu confirmed that there was an attack.

It was unclear whether a ransom demand had been made.

The U.S. defense official said the U.S. Navy is monitoring the situation and that the closest military vessel is a Dutch Navy ship in the Gulf of Guinea with 90 U.S. Marines aboard as part of an Africa training mission.

Associated Press writers Michelle Faul in Lagos, Nigeria, and Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.

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salsacoquibx wrote:
Captain Phillips..send in Seal Team 6
on October 24,2013 | 06:41AM
Grimbold wrote:
It is a tragedy that world wide pirates are not shot on sight from "bait ships" Yes bait them then kill.
on October 24,2013 | 06:55AM
saveparadise wrote:
Terroize them!
on October 24,2013 | 11:45AM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
With military grade deck medium deck rapid fire guns, a trained ex-marine or ex-navy deck gunner could sink a pirate ship from at least 3/4 mile away, far enough away to be out of range of the pirates' smalls arms (AK-47s or AR-15s).. ISinking pirate ships in that manner would be like shooting fish in a barrel.
on October 24,2013 | 05:50PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
There is no excuse for this. Station 2-3 military marksmen on each US ship, high up on the vessel, and let them shoot any and all pirates who disregard the broadcast command to back off. Where do we get these snipers? Pull our troops out of Afghanistan and give them special duty pay to solve a serious shipping problem. We have great sharpshooters in the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force. use them.
on October 24,2013 | 07:11AM
allie wrote:
troops in Afghanistan are wasted anyway. Let the Afghans deal with their own problems.
on October 24,2013 | 08:05AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Agreed no excuse for this. You don't even need a trained sniper. One 50 cal sniper rifle could easily sink their small approach craft. A Barrett light 50 only runs about $6,000 and is really easy to operate. It also has greater range than the weapons pirates have on board.
on October 24,2013 | 11:59AM
Manoa2 wrote:
These are private ships, they will decide whether to arm themselves or pay for insurance. They would not want to pay to have US Marines guarding their ships. The ships can simply sail far enough from shore so the pirates cannot reach them and the ships can steam away with a big head Start. The companies view this as a cost of business or they would seek more security. Ultimately, Somalia should be defending its coast from pirates.
on October 24,2013 | 04:07PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Yet these companies expect our government to attempt some type of response in order to free their employees?.....
on October 24,2013 | 08:43PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Keith, as usual you make perfect sense. Why should the U.S. taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars having the U.S. Navy bailing out these private corporations who refuse to spend a few thousand dollars to hire armed guards (usually ex-Marines or ex-Navy personnel who've been trained in naval warfare with medium level military weapons such as 50 cal. deck guns or 20 mm cannons) and military grade weapons to sail on their ships.
on October 24,2013 | 05:34PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Why isn't the crew armed and trained to repel boarders?.....no excused for this happening again especially after what happened Maersk Alabama...there should have been security protocols to prevent such incidents from happening again.......
on October 24,2013 | 08:30AM
maafifloos wrote:
Send in the Marines. They went in 1805 when pirates attacked in the Med. "To the shores of Tripoli"....
on October 24,2013 | 08:55AM
OregonRedRaider wrote:
I hear special forces coming into play.....1 Shot, 1 Kill....
on October 24,2013 | 09:26AM
nitpikker wrote:
must be greed at work. whatever private commercial boats are at risk of piracy, the owners don't want to pay for the added security. cuts into their profit. cheap crew easy to replace.
on October 24,2013 | 12:25PM
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