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Tennessee man says fighting pirates with water hoses is 'not a cup of tea'

April 17th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

The Chattanooga Times Free Press is reporting that a Tennessee Valley man who was on the recently attacked cargo ship Liberty Sun says luck and the grace of God, not a show of force, saved him from Somali pirates.

“(W)e are very lucky that nobody (got killed),” 38-year-old Thomas Conry, of Tracy City, Tenn., wrote his sister, Pam Myers, in an e-mail. “Fighting pirates (with) a water hose, while they got guns (is) not a cup of tea.”

Mr. Conry was one of 20 U.S. merchant marines carrying grain and medical supplies to Mombasa, Kenya, Tuesday when pirates — incensed by America’s successful rescue of Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama — launched rocket and gun attacks off the coast of Somalia.

Liberty Sun crew members managed to evade their attackers until Navy personnel arrived to help and the ship docked safely in Mombasa on Thursday, Mr. Conry said in an e-mail. He’ll be in Kenya for two weeks and then travel two more weeks to Singapore before returning home, according to the e-mail.

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