23 March 2009

Incident: Cargo vessel attacked

A cargo vessel, not otherwise identified, is fired upon "215NM off the coast of Somalia." "Vessel sighted a mother ship vessel ahead launching two skiffs with lengths about 6-7m. The men onboard were armed with automatic weapons. The skiffs chased the vessel and opened fire at it. The captain increased speed, activated fire hoses, fired rocket flares, and made evasive maneuvers which prevented the pirates from boarding. The vessel sustained minor damages but was able to continue its passage." No crew were injured. (IMB via ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 04/17/09)