April 20th, 2010
11:36 AM ET

Pirates hijack three Thai fishing vessels

Pirates have hijacked three Thai fishing vessels off the coast of Somalia, the European Union Naval Force Somalia said Tuesday.

Pirates captured the vessels Sunday about 1,200 nautical miles (1,380 miles or 2,222 km) east of the Somali coast, 600 nautical miles (690 miles or 1,111 km) outside the area in which the EU group operates.

The force said it had confirmed that all 77 Thai crew members were safe. The vessels were heading toward Somalia.

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  1. Monthy

    They call that safe To be held at gunpoint by a band of ruthless bandits?

    April 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Network

    A few rifles in a weapons locker on those boats would have stopped the hijacking. The pirates are looking for easy game, not boats or ships that defend themselves.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    Unharmed at the moment, but hardly safe

    April 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carol

    Let these fisherman work! They are taking responsibility for their livelihoods and to their families. As a former resident of Thailand, they work for pennies. Why do pirates hijack poor fisherman??? Does not make sense!

    April 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Terry Fullerton

    We have some of the best navies in the world patroling the waters, go get them!!! Why are we just sitting on our hands.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    As long as Governments and owners continue to pay ransoms this will continue. I don't see why they don't send "dummy ships" carrying troops for pirates to attack and then kill the pirates. Or is that too much like doing it the right way?

    April 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alan Dean Foster

    Want to bet the Thai fishing vessels had no permits to fish in the area, and were taking anything they could catch?

    April 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    What irony...Right after the Vietnam war, Thai pirates terrorized Vietnamese boat people. Now the shoe is on the other foot...
    Doesn't make it right but still...

    April 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Shawn

    Is society so backwards that we allow a bunch of pirates to terrorize us with relative impunity? We know where they dock their ships. We know where they live. And even when we catch them, more often than not we let them go. What is wrong with us? These are criminals kidnapping people and holding them at gunpoint, and we do nothing about it? It's unbelievable.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. curious

    What Thai fishing vessels doing in these waters? stealing yello-finned-tunas most likey. Lot of things are happening in Somali waters. All we hear is pirates. Sad world.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. barryg

    It is time that we stop fooling around with these pirates/bandits.
    Take out the "mother ships" which supports the bandits and the next time sink the attack boats on the spot with the bandits in them. Let the sharks have a feeding day. ENOUGH ALREADY!! Holding the world hostage.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CountryDoc

    Piracy has always been a capital crime and should be treated as such. Position warships at strategic points off the course of somalia (probably under the guise of the UN) and provide escorts each day on a once-a-day basis (ie like we did in WW1/2). Pirates are dealt with forcefully and with maximum prejuidice.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fir Sure

    That's not safe over by Somalia in the waters anymore.... Its seems we could follow up as a whole and extinquish these gangs out as a group. I'm sure there is a connection to all the activity lately in the same area. The question here is "Who takes care of it?" The U.S. no

    April 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. annoyed

    heres the plan. have military from whatever country search this area daily for suspicious activity and just sink every "mothership" that they find. problem solved

    April 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Danial Hunt

    Safety is defined as not being the recepient of any bodily harm...So yes they are safe.

    April 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
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