Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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How to Fight Off Pirates

by CoastalGuy

Used to be when you heard about pirates, you conjured images of Blackbeard, the Jolly Roger flag or most recently, the dashing neĆ¢€™er-do-well Captain Jack Sparrow from "Pirates of the Caribbean."

My own experience with pirates only extends to a buccaneer who stole my beer in Lake Havasu during Spring Break and the charming rogue who lured my date onto his boat off the coast of Florida. Such is life on the (low) seas.

But a term that was hoped to be relegated to the dustbin of history has now resurfaced with bold attacks on commercial sailing vessels, and even more brazen, seizing a British coupleĆ¢€™s private yacht while touring the Indian Ocean.

Pirates are back, folks. And the script from their forefathers remains the same. They roam the open seas, loyal to no one, looking to board and capture riches and hostages.

True, most people don't own private yachts and if they do the odds of getting captured by a pirate must be around the same as being hit by lightening, winning the lotto and getting eaten by a shark. Simultaneously.

But should you test the waters of fate, even if you're not the swashbuckling type, here are a few tips on how to fight off pirates. Ah-hoy, Matey!

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