Thursday, 6 January 2011

Basque trawler escapes attempted hijacking in Indian Ocean

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Basque trawler escapes attempted hijacking in Indian Ocean: "r trawler hijacked last week with 2 Spaniards on board has been spotted 260 miles off SomaliaPrivate security on board a trawler.
The Basque tuna trawler the ‘Albatun Dos’ managed to escape an attempted a pirate attack in the Indian Ocean this Thursday morning, by taking evasive manoeuvres to avoid capture by the skiff which was in pursuit.

No shots were exchanged, but the crew of the Albatun Dos said they could see at least five armed men on board the skiff. The trawler carries private security personnel on board to protect it from pirate attacks.

It happened at around 9am in Somali waters.

The EFE news agency contacted the Albatun Dos later on Thursday morning, and was informed that the trawler was leaving the area where the skiff had been seen.

Also on Thursday, there was news from Europa Press on the Vega 5, the Mozambique trawler which was captured by pirates last week with two Spanish crew on board. The news agency reports that Paddy O’Kennedy, from the EU anti-piracy mission Operation Atlanta, said the ship had been spotted 260 miles from the coast of Somalia."

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