Crime Pays—the Wheels of the Gods

There’s a follow-up on the Somali piracy story I mentioned yesterday. Apparently, not all of the pirates were able to make off with their share of the ransom:

Mogadishu, Somalia — Somali pirates released a Saudi supertanker seized in the world’s biggest ship hijacking for a $3-million ransom Friday, but five drowned when their boat capsized as they were making off with their share.

The capture of the Sirius Star and its $100-million cargo of crude in November drew attention to a surge in piracy off Somalia that has brought global navies rushing to protect one of the world’s most important shipping lanes.

Farah Osman, an associate of the pirates speaking from Harardhere port near where the tanker was held, said the gang wanted more money but finally agreed to accept $3 million.

A regional maritime group confirmed the ship’s release.

“The last batch of gunmen have disembarked from the Sirius Star. She is now steaming out to safe waters,” said Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers Assistance Program, based in the Kenyan port of Mombasa.

Osman said the gang argued over how to split the ransom money, then at least five were drowned in rough waters that engulfed one of the boats that left the Saudi ship.

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  1. mpw280 says:

    Here is the story on the pirates getting their just deserts (pulled from Drudge):

    Crime does pay, just not in the way that you imagine it will. MPW

  2. mannning says:

    Get the GPS location, break out the scuba gear, and see what can be found on the bottom out there!

    Might not be worth the effort, though, their share could have been reduced.

  3. JT says:

    Obviously the immediate response will be from the militaries of the various parties involved, but one must ask what economic conditions exist to force piracy to be a viable option.