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. johnny orlando

    they must really want that seafood

    April 20, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. renji1

    i can understand the pirate's situation, they are just trying to provide for their families... especially in a country where jobs aren't available and warlords steal all the food

    April 20, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MIKE McCOY

    It seems that everyone wants a solution, but few are willing to accept the collateral damage that will come from action. I am a Vietnam Veteran and I know first hand how it would be handled. If we sink the pirates boats and leave them to the sharks, we become inhumane. I believe the shipping companies should hire private militias to man their ships, pay them a huge amount of money and a bonus for each and every pirate they can kill. When I say kill I don't mean shoot at and run, I mean shoot, kill and hang their bodies from the sides of their own boats. Make an example of them. I'm sure some will say this is too vicious, but as Archie Bunker would say "it would be a DETERGENT TO CRIME"!! As for the Somalai born person who asks "what would happen in a country with no government, here is the answer. People would become murderers, rapist, thieves and PIRATES! Hmmm Seems Somalia has attained its place in the world. Maybe we could pay the farmers to turn in the pirates.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andrew

    I understand those Somalis who just want to protect their home waters from fishing ships that seek to plunder Somali fishing. I'm okay with honest men protecting their turf from those who wish to plunder, But these pirates are going way beyond that. They are attacking unoffending shipping and making hostages out of people who are doing them no harm. And these pirates are going further and further from their own waters in search of prey. It's just greed and meaness, and they need to be stopped by the world's navies.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Roger

    Don't patrol the whole ocean, blockade the coast and if a weapon is found on board, sink it.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sam

    I thought pirates were only in fairy tales!

    April 20, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Clive

    When is the world going to take proactive action to stop this? Being nice to them will not help. Stop the boats and remove the pirates regardless of the cost.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. brown

    What? Pirates have a right to compete for a living too!

    April 21, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. ahmed

    blind world , no body talking fishing vessels caming thousens miles then stealing somalian yello-finned-tunas and damping deadly waste in our water, they always talking pirates, is not big deal what they doing those boys conpare what rest of the world doing every day somalian rich water,shame on you those who talking like a blind ,

    April 21, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. rei

    Again? what else can we do about it? somali are fearless people. many piracy attacks have not yet been solved. what will happen to the crew on board?

    April 21, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. DM

    Curious .. dont be accusing people of stealing when you dont know facts. these vessels are not equiped to fish any kindof tuna. They were enroute to djibouti to fish where they have proper fishing licences.

    April 21, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. majid

    This is not first time we have heard such a news.
    Important is what has been done to prevent the reoccurrance of such a issue in future ??
    It's like a comic story to have this matter in 2010 !!!

    April 21, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Michael

    The situation around Somalia is no different than that of most other places in the world. Evil prevails and government's make excused as to why they can't stop it. Our government attacks countries with oil, but not countries that breed evil. Just shows what the super rich are really interested in.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. jazzer

    What happens to drug runners when they are caught? do the get set free? I think not blow the scum out of the water.

    April 21, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. JimJim

    The Great World powers couldnt care less about these pirates. They show it by lack of action and LOTS of hand wringing.

    Satellites cost too much and if you caught anyone, they would have to be held, tried, .....LOL

    April 21, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
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