When news broke that the crew of MSC Melody, an Italian cruise ship, had fought off a Somali pirate attack the captain and company took credit for defending the passengers in a totally “professional” manner. Now some of those same tourists are telling a much different version of the attack, including how they threw deck chairs and tables down on pirates, who climbing the side of the ship before the alarm sounded. They say armed crew members didn’t arrive for nearly 10 minutes, while Capt. Ciro Pinto was in the bar sipping a drink while telling other passengers that flip-flop wearing pirates posed no danger to his vessel.
Passengers recount a different pirate tale
Armed crew members, hailed as heroes, didn’t arrive for 10 minutes