where they can pay off some official and stay in country then.
but I could believe it intentional for other reasons. The navy vessel was able to cripple the small craft and "rescue" the occupants without harm. That's got to be some good shooting. I wonder if the pirates expected such and their gunfire was more to draw attention than to engage an overwhelmingly superior foe. Didn't another pirate get a free trip to the US after being wounded? It seems I remember such but don't know what followed.