Pirates Captured On Seized German Vessel By U.S. Troops
September 9, 2010
(ChattahBox World News) – For the first time U.S. forces have boarded a commercial ship captured by pirates with hostages on board, showing the commitment to a more complete anti-piracy policy, one that has been taken the world over.
The M/V Magellan Star, a German commercial vessel, was taken by Somali pirates early Wednesday afternoon. The crew managed to get our a distress call before locking themselves in a safe room. The call was received by a Turkish frigate, which was the first to arrive, followed by two U.S. vessels with Marines on board.
The U.S. led strike was swift, and no shots were fired. All 9 pirates were captured without incident, and the ship was given back over to the crew of 11.
This marks a change in official piracy policy from the U.S., which is now taking a harder line against increasing pirate attacks in international waters. The same call has been taken up worldwide, after Kenya – who was leading the fight against pirates – said they could no longer support all of the cases coming through their court system.