face2face

Cruise ship sounds off on pirates

When pirates in little speedboats tried to attack Carnival's 10,000-ton Seabourn Spirit off the coast of Somalia with a grenade launcher and machine guns, they were the ones to get the surprise: The ship's crew blasted back with a sonic blaster that was developed to keep boats from attacking warships. "the non-lethal weapon sends out high-powered air vibrations that blow assailants off their feet. The equipment, about the size of a satellite dish, is rigged to the side of the ship." (link to article in Britain's Sunday Times.)


Should you put a sonic blaster on your list of site-inspection items for your next cruise meeting? I don't know, but it might not be a bad idea, depending on where you're cruising.


Update: According to CNN, the ship just outran the pirates. I like the sonic boom explanation better, but who knows which is the case.

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish