24 May


Not a Disney story

24 May, 2017

As the latest Pirates of the Caribbean is released, maritime charity Sailors’ Society reveals the ugly face of real-life pirate attacks.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits UK cinemas this week, the latest instalment in the long-running Disney franchise.

When most people think of piracy, Johnny Depp’s rum-fond Captain Jack Sparrow, is probably what comes to mind for many.

But for the world’s 1.6m seafarers, the reality of modern day piracy couldn’t be further from the Hollywood glamour.

Reacting to a dramatic increase in kidnappings at sea, international maritime charity Sailors’ Society, launched a crisis response network in Asia earlier this year to help victims of trauma at sea.

According to statistics from the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB), pirates kidnapped 62 people for ransom in 15 separate incidents last year.

Kidnappings at sea by Filipino Islamic extremist group Abu Sayaaf are on the rise, and 2017 has seen a resurgence in attacks by Somali pirates.

Sailors’ Society, which supports seafarers around the world, has trained more than 50 of its chaplains in Asia, Africa and Ukraine in crisis response and offers a round-the-clock service to victims of piracy, kidnapping, natural disasters and other traumas at sea.

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