EU Anti-Piracy Force Frees Ship From Suspected Pirates

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  • EU’s Counter-Piracy Naval Force, Operation Atalanta, rescued a vessel and its 17 crew members from pirates around 380 nm from Mogadishu, Somalia.
  • The Liberian-flagged vessel was targeted while crossing the Indian Ocean. The vessel was attacked by pirates on 2 small crafts, per the UKMTO reports.

The European Union’s anti-piracy force in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea freed a merchant vessel from suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia and its 17 crew members were safe, reports Marine Insight.

EU naval force rescues merchant vessel

The ship was attacked by suspected pirates on Thursday around 380 nautical miles east of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu while sailing north, the EU Naval Force said in a statement.

The EU said its forces boarded the vessel from a helicopter on Thursday night, having sent one of its Operation Atalanta warships to respond earlier in the day. A male crew member who was injured during the attack by the suspected pirates was in a stable condition and has received medical attention, it said.

Somali pirates caused chaos in the waters off the east African country’s long coastline between 2008 and 2018, but had been dormant until late last year when pirate activity started to pick up again.

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Source: Marine Insight