01 Jul A Pirate-Hunting Vacation?
I don’t know whether one should believe this or not; via Megan McArdle, via Newmajority.com, which links to a news-service I have occasionally read, Avanova, but whose page comes up empty on my browser. I’m going to ask Eugene Kontorovich what he thinks (delighted to have Eugene guest-blogging with us!). Is this remotely plausible or urban legend? So, with all those caveats:
Luxury ocean liners in Russia are offering pirate hunting cruises aboard armed private yachts off the Somali coast.
Wealthy sportsmen pay upwards of $5,000 per day to patrol the most dangerous waters in the world hoping to be attacked by raiders.
The story as it’s written suggests the clients are already engaging Somali pirates with grenade launchers, machine guns and rocket launchers.
An AK-47 assault rifle goes for $8.50 a day, 100 rounds of ammo is $11.50, are they are also protected by a squad of ex-special forces troops.
The yachts travel from Djibouti in Somalia to Mombasa in Kenya, cruising deliberately close to the coast at a speed of just five nautical miles in an attempt to attract the interest of pirates.