Danish Navy engages with pirates, Gulf of Guinea
Issued: 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Date Reference Region Category Aggressors Source
24 Nov 2021 - 00:01 CW Alert 018- (Nov 21) West Africa General alert Pirates Danish Navy/ICC
Exact position and time not disclosed. The Danish Navy has released a statement reporting that the frigate Esbern Snare, which is currently operating in the Gulf of Guinea, was able to respond to reports issued of an increased threat of piracy, South of Nigeria. The Naval frigate deployed the Seahawk helicopter to carry out advance observations. The crew of the helicopter identified a speeding motorboat with eight suspicious persons onboard, with tools associated with piracy, including ladders. During the evening the Esbern Snare launched her RHIB's manned by members of the Frogman Corps to board the suspicious motorboat. The Esbern Snare made attempts to hail the motorboat to instruct and allow the Frogman to board, when no response was received, the Danish Soldiers fired warning shots which immediately resulted in the suspected pirates returning fire. The Danish Soldiers reacted in self-defence and returned fire. The reports state that the pirate motorboat was sunk with five pirates being hit. Four were confirmed as killed and one injured. The remaining three were captured. All eight pirates have been taken aboard the Frigate Esbern Snare, with medical treatment being issued to the injured man. UPDATE: The ICC has reported that the injured pirate was transferred to a hospital in Ghana for further treatment and later transported to Denmark for prosecution. The remaining pirates were released in a small boat with enough food and fuel to get to shore safely, all charges against them were withdrawn.
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