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Pirate fears spark cruise evacuation
If this is correct the scurvey knaves are getting bolder and more ambitious, damn their eyes! From The Telegraph.
More than 1,000 Britons on a luxury round-the-world cruise were ushered to safety amid fears their ship was being followed by pirates, a holiday firm said today.
The 218m-long Balmoral made emergency calls after encountering "suspicious" activity from two small craft in notorious waters off Somalia, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines said.
Military sources involved in monitoring the protected zone of the Gulf of Aden said the incident yesterday was "a false alarm".
But a spokeswoman for Fred Olsen said: "Balmoral encountered suspicious activity by two small craft, closing at high speed.
"The ship's master requested passengers to assemble in 'safe havens' as part of a pre-planned safety procedure. Aggressive manoeuvring was implemented and contact was made with the EU Coalition Task Force."
Passenger Stuart McKellar, speaking from his cabin on the ship, said he was ordered below deck after the ship's captain warned passengers of an incident.
"I understand that we were helped to safety by a navy ship - it was either British or US."
Mr McKellar said staff were aware they were being followed by a "small craft" at around 3.30pm GMT yesterday.
He added: "We had been warned that there may be problems and had drills in advance. But when the captain told us, on the tannoy, to go below deck, he was very clear this was no drill."
The Balmoral, which is due to arrive in Salalah tomorrow, was refitted last year.