Security Training Page 3
Sign of the Times
By Capt. Bill Pike
The folks at Wärtsilä’s Land & Sea Academy offer many ways of stopping incidents of terrorism or piracy onboard before they occur. Should the worst happen, however, academy instructors suggest numerous techniques. Here are a few:
• Stow several six- to nine-foot lengths of 3/4- or 1-inch three-strand nylon line in various easy-to-access locations. They can be used for defense by holding two or three bights up with two hands, or by striking an opponent with a coil. Braided mooring lines tend to be softer and not as effective as harder three-strand.
• If a person points an uncocked revolver at you, you may be able to thwart him by grabbing the pistol in such a way as to immobilize the cylinder, thus preventing the gun from being fired.
• You can defend yourself against an opponent with a knife by taking off your shoes, slipping them onto your hands, and using the soles as shields and/or battering rams.
• When all else fails, throw a heavy object such as full can of soda at your attacker. You may not injure him, but you might distract him, which may give you time to escape.
• If an attack takes place after dark, turn out the lights onboard. Chances are you know your vessel better than your opponent, and you’ll be able to get around more easily. —B.P.
This article originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.