Pri­vate se­cu­rity guards ‘flee’ pi­rate at­tack

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY -

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-

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