The US merchant vessel Maersk Alabama was attacked again by pirates off the coast of Somalia in the early hours on Wednesday. This ship was attacked last year and their captain was held for 5 days. He was freed by Navy Seals and three of the pirates were shot and killed.
This time the Maersk Alabama was ready. There were armed security guards with military training on board who fired back at the high speed boat carrying pirates. Additionally, the security guards fired a high screeching ear-piercing sound at the pirates.
The pirates have been receiving ransom money from some countries. The shipping insurance companies encourage paying the pirates to avoid lengthy expensive lawsuits. (you have to be kidding!) Firing on a ship should be considered an act of war and that is the end of that.