Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 348

NATO Warship RFA Disrupts Pirates

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 novembre 2010

London: The day before Yesterday while patrolling the West Indian Ocean between the Somali Coast and the Seychelles, the bridge crew on the UK ship, RFA FORT VICTORIA, part of NATO’s counter piracy mission Operation Ocean Shield received a call from a Seychelles fishing vessel that had sighted a possible pirate vessel. The fishing vessel had spotted a suspicious vessel with an unusually large crew and a skiff onboard. FORT VICTORIA intercepted the suspicious vessel and identified it as being a whaler often used by pirates in the Indian Ocean. Therefore it was decided to board the whaler and investigate further.  When the boarding teams approached the whaler, they reported seeing 10 persons onboard and a pirate ladder to board merchant vessels. During a search of the whaler, ammunition was found. The location of piracy related paraphernalia led to the decision to embark the suspected pirates and their equipment and vessels.   Upon questioning, the suspected pirates admitted to have thrown their weapons overboard as FORT VICTORIA approached.  They claimed to have been at sea for 45 days.  Their engines had failed, their food had run out and they were using their boarding ladder, as a mast for a makeshift sail – their only means of propulsion and safety.    The remainder of the piracy related paraphernalia was confiscated along with their vessels, and the pirates were subsequently released to the Somali coast. “The combined actions of all onboard have saved merchant ships from being pirated and made the area just a little safer today.  In many ways the pirates were lucky that we that we found them as they would not have survived indefinitely however, most importantly, we have removed one more pirate group from the Somali Basin and destroyed their whaler so it cannot be used again”  said Captain Rob Dorey, Commanding Officer of RFA FORT VICTORIA. (rfa)

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