These days, such news is unfortunate, but not unexpected. On this occasion, however, what happened next was unexpected.
The tanker's crew successfully repelled the boarding pirates. Their weapons? Beer bottles.
In its on-line edition today, The London Times quotes the captain of the tanker:
No wonder InBev purchased Anheuser-Busch. It wanted a piece of the 'explosively' growing Chinese beer market.
“Our crew, who had been well trained and prepared, used water cannon, self-made incendiary bombs, beer bottles, and anything else that could be used to battle with them. Thirty minutes later, the pirates gestured to us for a ceasefire,” he added. “Then the helicopter from the joint fleet came to help us.” [emphasis mine]