Private security guards ‘flee’ pirate attack
Three British private security guards threw themselves overboard into the Gulf of Aden when Somali pirates attacked the ship they were to protect. The guards, from a UK-based shipping protection company, were rescued by a German navy helicopter, and they left the Singapore-operated MS Biscaglia unable to defend itself despite its “protection” and a distress call to a nearby warship. The pirates overran the Liberian-flagged chemical tanker, and kidnapped its mainly Indian crew of 28.
So far this year, there have been 97 attempted hijackings off the lawless Horn of Africa. A massive deployment of foreign navies to the vital shipping lane has so far failed to halt or even slow the rate of attacks, with new ships taken almost daily.
A spokesman for Anti-Piracy Maritime Security Solutions (APMSS), a shipping protection company based in Poole, Dorset, said the tanker was attacked in daylight by five pirates on a high-