Maritzburg couple on board Melody cruise liner

2009-04-28 00:00

Among the passengers on board the MSC Melody cruise liner, which pirates tried to hijack off the coast of Somalia on Saturday, are “an elderly couple” from Pietermaritzburg.

The couple were booked on the liner by Pentravel in the Liberty Midlands Mall, to cruise from Durban to Cairo, Egypt. Pentravel declined to name the couple and no other local travel agents contacted by The Witness reported having passengers on board the Melody.

According to Clifford Foggitt, director of Starlight Cruises in Johannesburg, there are 230 South Africans on board the MSC Melody and not 70 to 80 as reported earlier. However, he could not confirm whether there were any Pietermaritzburg people on board.

He said the security guards on board had not fired directly at the pirates, as had been quoted, but into the air to warn them off. Reports that fire hoses were directed at the intruders were correct, Foggitt said.

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