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In One Ear: Pirates at bay

Self-defense with a medieval twist
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on February 23, 2018 12:01AM

The use of guns may be all over the news of late, but some enterprising Philippine-flagged cargo ship crew members took a more medieval approach to weaponry while fending off an attack by pirates in the Celebes Sea: They threw boiling water and oil on the armed attackers when they attempted to board the ship (

Yes, it worked. The pirates opened fire (but didn’t hurt anyone), and sensibly beat a hasty retreat. The Philippines Coast Guard responded to the incident, and treated one man who had cut his hand on some glass. The vessel is pictured shortly after the attack, in a photo courtesy of Western Mindanao Command.

The ship with the clever crew, by the way, was aptly named: MV Kudos.


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