Vessel sustains pirate fire at Gulf of Aden


Five pirates armed with guns in a skiff approached a bulk carrier underway. Master raised alarm, activated fire hoses, sounded ship’s horn, took evasive manoeuvres and non-essential crew members mustered in the citadel. The on-board armed security team took their position and showed their weapons but the skiff continued to approach the ship even after the armed team fired a warning flare towards the skiff. The security team fired warning shots as the skiff closed to the ship. The pirates responded by engaging the ship with small fire arms and the security team returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attempted attack. A military helicopter came to the location for assistance.





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