"The moon was bright, the sea was calm, and the pirates easily spotted their prey a large gray ship plodding through waves 576 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia.
"Three men jumped from a command boat into an open skiff and raced toward the target. They opened fire with AK-47 rifles as they neared the starboard side, hitting a mast and several life lines.
"No one was hurt, and the April 1 incident normally might have drawn little notice. Somali sea bandits have attacked several hundred freighters, tankers and other merchant ships this year. They have successfully hijacked 40 vessels and their crews and held them for ransom."