Posted on May 09, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to rob a vessel anchored at Lagos, Nigeria.
Category: Boarding/Attempted Robbery
Date: 3rd of May
Location: Lagos Secure Anchorage Area, Nigeria
Position: 06:16.07N – 003:13.11E
A tanker anchored at a Secure Anchorage Area in Lagos, Nigeria was boarded in the early morning hours of May the 3rd. At approximately 00:10 UTC, the duty crew onboard the tanker noticed two individuals near the cargo tank carrying a hose. The crew proceeded to raise the alarm and a PA announcement was made. Noticing that the crew had been alerted to their presence, the two would-be robbers escaped in their boat with their hose.
A patrol boat was informed, which upon arriving at the scene, proceeded to search the area. Nothing was reported as stolen, vessel & crew are considered safe.
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