Posted on May 08, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to board a vessel transiting off the coast of Ecuador.
Category: Attack/Attempted Boarding
Date: 3rd of May
Location: Cabo Pasado, Ecuador
Position: 00:08.0S - 081:19.9W
A bulk carrier was attacked in the evening of May the 3rd, as it was transiting off the coast of Ecuador. The attack occurred at approximately 20:10 UTC, some 52 nautical miles northwest of Cabo Pasado, Ecuador. Two speedboats, each with five POB, approached the bulk carrier. The Master proceeded to raise the alarm and the crew mustered at their stations. The vessel then increased speed and commenced evasive maneuvres, while fire hoses sprayed the boats with water.
As a result, the two speedboats ended up aborting their attack. Crew & vessel are considered safe.
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