It’s hard out here for a pirate must be a new line of thinking ever since the US Navy Seals took down three Somali pirates who held American ship captain Richard Phillips hostage. Today, pirates mistook French military ship for a commercial vessel and wound up captured:
Two pirate assault boats approached the Nivose “at great speed,” Capt. Christophe Prazuck said, but a French helicopter intervened before the attackers had time to fire at the French navy ship.
The helicopter fired warning shots, he said.
The pirates, who had a mother ship as well as the two assault boats, are being held for questioning on the Nivose, Prazuck said. The vessels were carrying AK-47 rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, but the pirates did not fire, he said.
The incident took place about 1,000 km (620 miles) east of Mombasa, Kenya, at 8:30 a.m. local time (0430 GMT) he added.
In the past three weeks, the Nivose has intercepted 24 suspected pirates as part of a European Union anti-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia, which has become a piracy hotspot.
The CNN report also notes that unfortunately, piracy is still going strong off the coast of Somalia. Just recently pirates attacked and overtook a Panamanian flagged ship as well as a British-owned, Ukranian led ship. Both ships are now heading toward Somalia. The pirates’ escapades may still be netting them a profit, but it seems they are not having as easy a go of overtaking ships as they were before.