I can’t quite decide whether this is a new definition of chutzpah or just Darwin Award material, but somehow it’s funny either way.

The early morning gunbattle ensued after sailors spotted 30-foot fishing boat towing smaller skiffs and prepared for a routine boarding, said Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown, spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

Passengers on the fishing boat then began shooting, and U.S. naval gunners returned fire with mounted machine guns.

The Cape St. George, a guided-missile cruiser, and Gonzalez, a guided-missile destroyer, were conducting maritime security operations in the area.

What was going through the pirates’ heads when they fired on a US Navy cruiser? No, silly, I mean just before, because it’s perfectly predictable what would be going through their heads a moment later. ;)