Hijacked Thai fishing vessels arrives off the coast of SomaliaApril 28, 2010 - 14:39
EU NAVFOR can confirm that the three hijacked Thai fishing vessels, have now arrived off the coast of Somalia in the vicinity of Garacad.
The three vessels, MV PRANTALAY 11, (26 Thai crew) MV PRANTALAY 12 (25 Thai crew) and MV PRANTALAY 14 (26 Thai crew), were reported hijacked on 18th April approximately 1200 nautical miles east of the coast of Somalia. These hijackings were the furthest east of any pirate attacks in the area since the start of EU NAVFOR’s Operation Atalanta in December 2008, almost 600 miles outside the normal EU NAVFOR operating area.
EU NAVFOR continues to monitor the situation.
EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation ATALANTA’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid of the World Food Programme (WFP) and vessels of African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM and to protect vulnerable vessels in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean and to deter and disrupt piracy. EU NAVFOR also monitors fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.
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