22 May 2009

Incident: Pirates taken after attack

The Italian navy seized nine pirates in the Gulf of Aden following attacks on the Maersk Virginia (USA registered) and the Maria K (flagged in St. Vincent and Grenadines). The Italian warship MAESTRALE captured the pirates after they fired on
the Maria K.
The pirates tried to flee in their skiff but stopped after warning shots were fired from the helicopter, [a] spokesman said...
Canada's HMS Winnipeg had sent a helicopter to rescue Maersk Virginia, but it was not needed upon arrival. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 5/27/09)