Posted on April 29, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to rob a vessel in Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria.
Category: Attempted Robbery
Date: 24th of April
Location: Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria
Position: 06:20.3N – 003:20.5E
In the early morning hours of April the 24th, three individuals in a small craft approached and boarded a tanker at Lagos anchorage, Nigeria. The boarding took place at approximately 02:15 UTC; the duty AB on routine rounds noticed the three individuals near the cargo tank and notified the Officer on Watch (OOW). The alarm was raised, a PA announcement was made and the crew proceeded to muster. Having heard the alarm and noticing the crew being alerted to their presence, the three individuals jumped overboard along with their hose and escaped in their boat.
The incident was reported to a naval patrol boat operating nearby. Nothing was reported stolen. Crew & vessel are considered safe.
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