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Christian charity calls for prayer for victims of real life pirates

The Sailors Society says that when most people think of piracy, Johnny Depp's rum-fond Captain Jack Sparrow, is probably what comes to mind for many. But for the world's 1.6m seafarers, the reality of modern day piracy couldn't be further from the Hollywood glamour.

Kidnappings at sea are at a ten year high with 62 people being held for ransom in 15 separate incidents last year.

Stuart Rivers, CEO of Sailors' Society, said: "Pirates of the Caribbean is full of fun and fantasy, but in real life seafarers live in fear of a kidnapping happening to them.

"Victims of piracy and kidnappings are exposed to violence and terror, which can have a devastating impact on them and their families for years to come.

"By coming alongside these survivors and their families, we can work with other agencies to help them come to terms with what has happened, give them financial, physical and psychological support to help them pick up the pieces of their lives."

The Sailors Society is working alongside a number of seafarers around the world who've been targeted by pirates.

Through its chaplains, the charity is able to offer financial support as well as counselling to those affected.

Listen to Stuart Rivers speaking to Premier's Marcus Jones.

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