A video posted on Thursday showed a private security crew fighting off two skiffs of high-seas bandits.
By Saturday it had gone viral with more than 6 million views of the recording, which resembles something out of a “Call of Duty” video game.
The nearly two-minute video begins with an assault rifle peering down a fast-moving skiff as it approaches the ship.
Pirates on the ship first fired at the cargo ship, but shots couldn’t be heard because of the distance.
Then the rifle begins firing at the pirate’s vessel as it nears. The boat then weaves in and out as bullets pierce the water and then goes alongside the ship.
More seamen are seen firing assault weapons into the sea as the boat goes in and out of view.
A second boat comes into view near the end the video. A few shots are fired at the far away boat, which someone comments are too distant to hit.
It’s not clear what happens next or if any of the pirates were killed.
Somali pirates are known to hijack cargo ships. One notable incident was the 2009 hostage situation aboard the Maersk Alabama, which inspired the Tom Hanks film “Captain Phillips.”
Last month, Somali pirates overtook the Aris 13, which was carrying fuel to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Piracy mavens said it was the largest high seas raid since 2012.
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Source: Task & Purpose