27 October 2009

Incident: Cap Saint Vincent attacked

The European Union Naval Force reports pirates in two skiffs attack the French fishing vessel Cap Saint Vincent in the Indian Ocean 350 miles off Mogadishu.
French military personnel aboard the trawler ... returned fire, French military spokesman Rear Adm. Christophe Prazuck said. It did not appear that any of the shots hit the pirates, he said. A German warship was dispatched to the scene, as was a helicopter, which fired warning shots at the pirates, who then were seen throwing items overboard. Once the warship arrived, seven pirates were detained, the EU Naval Force said. "We've got them on board and we will prosecute them."
(ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 11/11/09)