This Hijacking Lark Is Getting Out Of Hand

Pirates hijacked a Thai fishing boat with 16 crew members off the coast of Somalia, the eighth ship to be seized in the area in the past two weeks, a maritime official said Wednesday.

The Thai boat was seized Tuesday in the Gulf of Aden, said Noel Choong, who heads the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur.

Also Tuesday, an Iranian bulk-cargo carrier with 25 crew members was seized in the area. Both vessels were heading to the Middle East when they were hijacked, he said.

Tuesday's incidents bring the number of attacks in Somali waters this year to 95, with 39 ships hijacked. Seventeen vessels remain in the hands of pirates, including a Ukrainian ship loaded with arms and a Saudi Arabian supertanker carrying $100 million in crude.

Separately, the Indian navy reported that one of its warships destroyed a suspected pirate ship that had opened fire in the Gulf of Aden.

Blue Peter are putting out an appeal to replace the destroyed pirate vessel and provide it with a a top-of-the-range TomTom SatNav system.

One of these people has knobbed Valerie Singteton

Send any old toe nail clippings you may have to:

Blue Peter Somali Pirate Ship Appeal
c/o BBC
Wood Lane
London W12 7TS