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Passengers describe pirate attack

(Mahe, Seychelles-AP) November 7, 2005 - A World War II veteran who was on a cruise ship attacked by pirates off Somalia's coast Saturday says he wanted to take a picture of the pirates, until one aimed a rocket-propelled grenade at him.

Charles Supple says he dropped his camera and dove before the grenade hit the ship two decks above him. He says the man who fired at him was smiling.

A tourist from Florida says she "was very scared," but her husband says they will cruise again.

The 440-foot-long ship docked safely Monday in the Seychelles.

The Seabourn Spirit was headed to Kenya before the attack. No passengers were hurt and the cruise line says just one crew member was hurt by shrapnel.

Witnesses report the attackers fired rifles and grenades at the ship for about 90 minutes, but were never able to board.

A top Kenyan maritime official says the attackers were likely from a band of Somalian pirates .

Posted 11:06am by Bryce Mursch

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