Sunday, November 06, 2005
A luxury cruise liner has been attacked off the east African coast. A spokesman for Miami-based Seabourn Cruises says pirates fired a rocket-propelled grenade and machine guns at the "Seabourn Spirit" today about 100 miles off the coast of Somalia.
Seabourn SpiritThe cruise line says the attackers approached the ship in two 25-foot inflatable boats, and opened fire as they tried to board. Spokesman Bruce Good says the ship managed to outrun the attackers and change course. The 151 passengers, mostly Americans, were gathered in a lounge for safety. The company says one crew member was slightly injured and the ship suffered minor damage. Good says theft is the suspected motive. The liner was on its way from Egypt to Kenya when it was attacked. It's expected to stop in the Seychelles, then continue on to Singapore.