Chinese fishing vessel attacked, Nigerian navy comes to rescue

Chinese fishing boat rescued by Nigerian navy
Chinese fishing boat rescued by Nigerian navy

The representative of the Chinese company ‘HAILUFENG’ reported that one of its fishing trawler Hailufeng 11, licensed to fish in Côte d’Ivoire, was taken by pirates on Thursday.

Reports indicated that the AIS was off and all other available means of communication got disconnected from the vessel. the report has mentioned that the vessel was slowly heading to east 080° at 9kts towards Nigerian waters. there were 18 crew members onboard the fishing vessel including 8 Chinese, 7 Ghanaian, 3 Ivorian

Turkish maritime news reported, Through rapid and engaged cooperation among a number of different African states and institutions, the vessel was tracked, and the Nigerian Navy was able to interdict it 140 nautical miles south of the Lagos Fairway Buoy at about 2210 local time on the night of May 16.

When approached, the pirates refused to stop, and the Nigerian Navy’s Special Boat Service embarked on the NNS Nguru, performed an opposed boarding while underway at 9 knots. The dramatic rescue was hugely successful, as all 18 hostages were recovered, 10 pirates were arrested, and the vessel was safely escorted into Lagos.

With inputs from turkishmaritime.com.tr

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