Posted on May 01, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
Reports have come in that an Emirati fishing vessel was fired upon by pirates last week as he was travelling through the Gulf of Oman.
The attack took place on Tuesday 24th April, 90km off the coast of Fujairah emirate, in northern UAE.
Yousef Baroun, was the captain onboard. He survived the attack and said:
"They appeared from nowhere and told us to go back and immediately started shooting at our boat,"
The vessel is reported to have no flags.
The fishermen were hunting for tuna in international waters when they were approached. The pirates pulled up alongside the fishing boat and displayed AK-47 assault rifles as a warning to the fishermen.
When the fishing boat attempted to sail away, the men opened fire.
"We tried to escape but they managed to shoot our engines and damaged them. We laid down on the floor to avoid the gunshots and then another boat came to rescue us," Baroun added.
The vessel was left with serious damage from the bullets.
The nationality of the attackers is unknown.
After a sharp increase in violent pirate attacks during the first quarter of this year there is concern among the maritime industry that attacks will become more frequent.
Although piracy is irregular in this area, an oil tanker was attacked by suspected pirates as it travelled through the Gulf of Oman last year.