By KATE MURRAY
November 08, 2005
A SYDNEY couple have told how a rocket-propelled grenade slammed into a luxury liner just 3m from them as heavily armed pirates tried to storm the ship.
Bob and Gayle Meagher were among 22 Australians on board the Seabourn Spirit as the pirates armed with grenade launchers, AK-47s and rifles opened fire on Saturday morning, but the missile failed to explode.
Mr Meagher told The Daily Telegraph yesterday: "They launched two rocket-propelled grenades in our direction, one of which hit the ship about 10 feet from our cabin, making a tremendous bang. It certainly shook us up when that happened."( Read more...Collapse )
Security at sea was stepped up after September 11, with every liner having a security officer on board. There have been about 30 pirate attacks off Somalia since March.
In one, a UN-chartered ship carrying food to tsunami victims in Somalia was held by hijackers for 100 days.
The Daily Telegraph
This report was published at dailytelegraph.news.com.au