Six armed persons in a skiff chased and fired upon a Sierra Leone-flagged product tanker underway.

Six armed persons in a skiff chased and fired upon a Sierra Leone-flagged product tanker underway.

22.04.2017: 1442 UTC: Posn: 05:42N - 048:53E,
Around 5.7nm East of Somali Coast, Somalia.
Six armed persons in a skiff chased and fired upon a Sierra Leone-flagged product tanker underway at 1442 UTC in position 05:42N - 048:53E, around 6nm East of Somali Coast (approx 30nm NNE of Hobyo), Somalia. As soon as this happened the Master raised the alarm and sent a distress message. This message was responded by a Spanish warship, Galicia. The skiff chased the tanker for nearly two hours and then moved away due to the continuous evasive manoeuvres. One crew was reported injured while he was firing a flare. Later on a report indicated that the Spanish Navy apprehended those alleged pirates however the number of pirates are still not stated.