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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Somali Pirates: Italy says US, UK forces free ship from pirates

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Update on earlier report here, a report that Italy says US, UK forces free ship from pirates:
U.S. and British forces have freed an Italian cargo ship that had been attacked by pirates off Somalia, the Italian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. The pirates surrendered and have been arrested.

The Montecristo was carrying a crew of 23—seven Italians, six Ukrainians and 10 Indians—when it was attacked Monday. The crew are free and safe, said a statement by the Foreign Ministry.

It said the raid had been carried out by two Navy ships, one British and one American.

The 11 pirates were apprehended, said the statement.
UPDATE: Early BBC report:
The UK's MoD said the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Fort Victoria and a US frigate were sent to help the seized vessel.

Pirates surrendered after the two naval ships approached the Montecristo, said the MoD.

UPDATE: Latest BBC report:
British and US naval forces freed an Italian ship from Somali pirates after hostages threw an SOS message in a bottle from a porthole, Italy's defence minister has said.

Ignazio La Russa said the 23 hostages had locked themselves in the strong room of the 56,000-tonne Montecristo.

The bulk carrier had been seized 620 miles (1,000km) off Somalia on Monday.

The Royal Navy met no resistance on boarding it and detained 11 suspected pirates, UK defence officials said.


  1. Anonymous10:12 AM

    Why bother to apprehend them? Should just turn them over to the Russians if you don't have to stomach to execute them.

  2. If they know it means death, they don't have much incentive to not kill all the crew before they go out themselves. Arresting them is the least bad alternative.

  3. Then comes the question - Who's going to prosecute them and (hopefully) incarcerate them? Is 15-30 years in an American or Italian prison all that bad when you look at the options in Somalia? Where's the downside to being a pirate? And in the end, if they know it means death - either at the hands of onboard security or when they are captured, maybe they won't get in the skiff to begin with.