29 October 2009

Incident: Thai Union taken

A fishing vessel, the Thai Union, is taken by pirates in the Indian Ocean 165 NM north of Port Victoria, the Seychelles.
Armed pirates in two skiffs approached the vessel from both sides. The vessel took evasive maneuvers and sent a distress message which was received by the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre and relayed to coalition naval forces to render assistance. A warship was dispatched to the location, but the pirates were able to board and hijack the vessel.
(ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 11/11/09)