Posted on October 22, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked a vessel off Douala, Cameroon.
Category: Attempted Boarding/Attack
Date: 13th of October
Location: Douala, Cameroon
Position: 03°52N 009°28E
A Fishing vessel was attacked during the early morning hours of October the 13th while transiting off Douala, Cameroon. The incident occurred at 00:10 UTC, in the area around the entrance of the Wouri River. An unknown number of assailants onboard a speedboat managed to board the vessel but were repelled by the Armed Security Team onboard the ship.
There was an exchange of gunfire, and some damage was caused to the hull of the vessel. Two pirates were hit and fell back to their speedboat as a third pirate jumped into the water, resulting in the withdrawal of the pirate party as the speedboat fled the scene. Thankfully there were no casualties among the crew & the onboard security team.
Vessel & crew are considered safe.
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