The pirates approached in a speedboat and firing Kalashnikov rifles at the the hull and up at the bridge leaving holes in the ships sides and some broken portholes. The only injuries to the 1500 passengers was caused during the panic of the event not by any bullets. The pirates chased the Melody for about 20 minutes firing some 200 bullets.
The attack was thwarted by the captain ordering evasive maneuvers and ... wait for it... by Israeli security guards who fired back with their own weapons. Pirates don't like being shot at.
Cruise ship security is popular work among young Israelis who have been released from military duty and want to see the world. The cruise lines like them because they will return fire, rather than jump over board, or surrender as others have done.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.