Somali pirates attacked the Maersk Alabama on Wednesday off the coast of Kenya for the second time in seven months. Unlike last time, however, they were thwarted by private guards on board who fired off guns and a high-decibel noise device.
In April, pirates hijacked the same U.S.-flagged ship, taking Captain Richard Phillips hostage on a lifeboat for five days. Navy Seal sharpshooters freed Phillips by killing three pirates in a daring night rescue.
No such drama this time, as the guards were able to scare-off the pirates. The Associated Press has more: