Monday, March 02, 2009

Somali Pirates: Yemen coastguard saves Korean cargo ship from Somali pirate attack

Reported as Yemen coastguard saves Korean cargo ship from Somali pirate attack:
The Yemeni coastguard thwarted a pirate attack on a South Korean cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden, killing one pirate on Monday, Yemen's Interior Ministry reported. A coastguard unit in the southern Yemeni port of Aden answered a distress call from the Korean ship that came under attack about 40 miles off Aden, the ministry said in a statement.

Pirates were closing in on the ship pointing rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers in an attempt to force it to stop as a dispatched coastguard gunboat reached the site, the ministry said.

"Coast guards exchanged fire with the Somali pirates and fatally shot one of them," it said, adding that the pirates fled the area and the ship was able to continue its journey.
This was the first successful rescue by the Yemeni coastguard force in the Gulf of Aden, which lies between Yemen and Somalia, and connects the Red Sea with the Indian Ocean.

Map shows wind conditions in Gulf of Aden, from here. Indications are 5- 10 knots. Prime pirate winds with maybe enough chop to conceal small boats from radar.

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