South Korean commandos stormed a container ship hours after it was attacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean on Thursday and freed all crew members unharmed, officials said.
A second ship, an Italian-flagged vessel with 21 crew, was also hijacked by Somali pirates Thursday, the European Union’s anti-piracy task force said.
Hanjin Shipping Co. spokeswoman Sonya Cho said the South Korean commando raid was carried out by the Choi Young, a helicopter-carrying warship with a crew of 200.
She said the pirates who attacked the 75,000-ton Hanjin Tianjin about 250 miles (400 kilometers) east of Yemen’s Socotra island were not found by the commandos.
The South Korean ship sustained “some damage” in the attack but the 14 South Korean and six Indonesian crew members retreated to a specially designed shelter and were unhurt, she said.
Source: Peter Enav for the Associated Press.
South Korean commandos stormed a container ship hours after it was attacked by pirates…
by Tactical-Life.com / Apr 21, 2011