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. Paul

    "curious" asks what the Thai fishing boats were doing in Somali waters. They were 2200 kilometers away from Somalia!If that counts as Somali territory, the Red Sea belongs to Poland!

    As a sailor myself, I only have pity for the poor people taken hostage, not the parasitic pirates.

    Life is probably not easy in Somalia but that doesn't give those men the right to prey on innocent people, like the British couple still in captivity and fearing for their lives.

    The pirates will only stop when we start blowing them out of the water on sight. Like they said in the Wlid West: giv'em a fair trial, then hang'em (;-)

    This is not Captain Jack Sparrow we're dealing with!


    April 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gate

    It'll be interesting to see how the Thai gov't / military handles this. Some Asian countries won't put up with such treachery .... they have their ways of handling such stuff.

    April 20, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Starcruiser

    Somehow it doesn't make any sense that we got satelites that can detect if someone is growing marijuana in the atiic of their home, but we can't track pirate ships ?

    April 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. shakawi

    As long as European and Asian Countries are robbing poor Africans their resources no
    one is saying any thing about it.Africa is a rich continent but its hard working people are poor why?

    April 20, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lucas

    As these pirates are capturing any nationality vessel and are protected by their governement its an act of world war from Somalia therefore the navy should block this complete coast line and shoot to kill thus nowhere to go for these pirates

    April 20, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hmm

    @ curious: you do know that Thai is in the same area as Somalia right??

    April 20, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hmm


    April 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shame

    When we escaped out of VN and we were pirated by Thai's fisherman.

    April 20, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Former Merchant Seaman

    Contrary to what a previous poster may have stated, these particular fishing boats were nowhere near Somali waters. There may be some legitimacy in Somali claims foreign fishing fleets are poaching fish, but the maximum international boundary for exclusivity in fishing rights is 200 nautical miles. The Thai fishing boats were 1200 nautical miles or 1380 geographical miles away. That is SIX TIMES beyond any possible Somali fishing limit or roughly the distance from New York City to Houston. They were substantively closer to India. As such, they are simply waterbourne thieves & kidnappers

    April 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    stop all aid shipments to Somalia,tell the people there no government, no food, no exit. destroy their boats, their ports, and the homes of their wealthiest people. then drop flyers telling them you made your bed now sleep in it.

    People may say; but its only a few that are causing these problems.

    the few can easily be overcome by the masses
    when the masses get hungry heads will roll, Literally .

    April 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KoapwaLikamw

    thai fishing vessels also found in the Micronesian seas, i would consider them also pirates..stealing tuna from our seas

    April 20, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Digdig

    The Thai Navy should take their a/c carrier (yeah, they got one) over there and park it till the yo-ho's give up their fleet. Burma take note.

    April 20, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ma9211

    I was born in somalia and let me tell you a bunch of farmers don't all of a sudden become full fledged pirates someone out of the counrty is helping them. I pray someone steps in and helps the people of somlia. And to everybody else what did you think would happen in a country with no government.

    April 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. oscar

    I think they shoud establish a mark like no vessel shoud get close to like 1500 feet around otherwise shoot'em 'cause pirates don't have anything to lose but anybody else....after all they can become a delicious stew for sharks....

    April 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Levend

    FIshing boats in Somali are as bad as the pirates themselves. Stealing the food off the starving how low can you get. Hope the pirates keep the boats and give the fishermen a map and some rations and tell them to walk back home.
    There are people who are trying to make a livelihood off fishing there and because Somalia is in chaos these leeches are trying to take advantage.

    April 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
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