Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pirates of the South China Sea: Tugboat taken by pirates off the Philippines

Reported here:
Tamayo said the Singapore-registered tugboat Prospaq T1 was on its way to Vietnam towing a huge empty barge to load sand when it was attacked by about a dozen pirates on April 7 in the South China Sea.

He said the crew was held for about a week before they were set adrift on a lifeboat without food and water. The pirates took off with the tugboat and the barge.

The waters around the maritime borders of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Phiippines in the South China Sea have traditionally been a haven for pirates, but there has been a decline in their activity in recent years because of increased surveillance and patrols.

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