Pirates at bay


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 (tinyurl.com/pirateH20).

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.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Daily Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or ewilson@dailyastorian.com.

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