Piracy: A Hazardous Reality
Students Learn the True Hazards of Piracy
After Sayville students in Mrs. Cindy Giannico’s Long Island Marine Science class went on a field trip to the Sayville Theater to see Captain Phillips (the Hollywood version of the kidnapping by pirates off the coast of Somalia), guest speaker Ted Bernhard, a Merchant Marine Captain, visited to speak about the realities of piracy.
Capt. Bernhard spoke about his experiences on his ship and the seriousness of piracy. He explained the training he is required to practice as safeguards, as well as how his crew needs to react if the ship is taken over by pirates. Capt. Bernhard has been in waters all over the world, but fortunately his current tour—taking cargo from California to Hawaii—is, as he states : “the best job in the world!”
The students loved his presentation and had many questions. “Some students came back to me,” Mrs. Giannico said, “and wished he could have stayed longer so that they could have asked him more questions.”
To quote another student, representing the consensus of the class, “He was awesome!”