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Pirate-busting 'stinger' device for ships launched

A new device is aimed at stopping pirate ships without use of weaponry by tangling an attacker's propeller in line. 'Somalian stinger,' the Buccaneer Ship-Borne Shore Launcher anti-piracy system was recently unveiled.

The idea is that if a pirate skiff approaches, a length of strong line can be fired into the path of the vessel from the Buccaneer. A small parachute makes sure the thousand-foot line flutters down on to the surface of the water and the pirates, unaware that they have been fired on, speed over it and find their propellers hopelessly tangled.

Click here for a report and photo by The Guardian.