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Pirates walk the plank

Taking the plunge: Team Saltus Elizabeth Swanns (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Pirates of Bermuda lived up to their tough reputation after they braved blustery conditions for charity.

More than $133,000 was raised for the Bermuda Sloop Foundation’s education and character development programme on board its training ship the Spirit of Bermuda.

Pirates in full regalia seized their hostages and the public had to commit to payment of a ransom to have them saved or sunk.

Unfortunate hostages were plunged into the frigid waters of Albuoy’s Point.

One pirate dressed as Napoleon Bonaparte ‘arrested’ John Rankin, the Governor, roped him up and made sure he met a watery fate at the weekend.

David Goodwin, chair of the Bermuda Sloop Foundation, said: “We were very happy that the event went off despite the rain.

“We are delighted that so many people came and participated. We are very thankful to the hostages who were going to get wet anyway.

“A significant amount of money was raised and will go towards supporting our youth development training.”

Mr Goodwin added: “We are excited that the event continues to grow from strength to strength.”