Posted on May 15, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to board a vessel transiting off the coast of the Philippines.
Category: Attack/Attempted Boarding
Date: 10th of May
Location: 115nm East of Baganaga, Philippines
Position: 07:40.8N – 128:29.3E
A bulk carrier was attacked during the early morning hours of May the 10th while transiting off the east coast of the Philippines. At approximately 01:00 UTC, a speedboat approached the bulk carrier and attempted a boarding. The alarm was raised on the vessel, the crew mustered at their stations and the fire hoses were pressurized. The attackers were seen shouting towards the ship while holding steel hooks.
After 30 minutes of chasing, the attacking party aborted their approach and moved away. The vessel returned to her route. Vessel & crew are considered safe.
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