02 January 2009

Incident: Samanyolu attacked

An unidentified vessel is fired on in the Gulf of Aden. "A skiff with five pirates onboard fired upon the vessel and attempted to board. The crew members sent out a distress call to coalition forces while fighting back the pirates by firing flares and petrol bombs at them. The flares caused a fire on the pirates’ skiff forcing them to abandon ship and jump into the water." An arriving Danish warship captured five of the pirate attackers. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 01/08/09)

The ship involved is the Dutch Antilles-registered cargo freighter Samanyolu. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 02/12/09)