This is like the movies Westworld, Gamer or the game Manhunt, only this isn't fiction. It's real and real messed up. A Russian entrepreneur with a fleet of luxury yachts is offering a pirate safari - as in hunting pirates - as in hunting real people.
Piracy is bad, okay, but in the world of rich-guy asshole ideas, this is at the top.
His plan is to lure pirates to his ships and then allow the pay-to-play mercenaries the chance to "fight back" - guaranteeing at least one attack. The excursion takes patrons from Djibouti along the coast of Somali to Mombasa in Kenya where hunters spend $5,790 a day patrolling the waters, looking for action. Supposedly, the ships taunt the pirates by coming close to the coast at a speed of five nautical miles.
Ammo is $12 for 100 rounds and an AK-47 rental is $9 a day. A grenade launcher goes for $175 a day and a reeling machine gun is $475 a day. For those hunters who like to dish it but can't take it, there are ex-special forces there to protect them from potential harm.
One Russian yachtsman despises the pay to kill vacation. "They are worse than the pirates," said Russian yachtsman Vladimir Mironov. "At least the pirates have the decency to take hostages, these people are just paying to commit murder," he continued.
Text and photo via Digital City