Indian navy foils Somali pirate attack

Filed on July 19, 2011

NEW DELHI The Indian navy on Tuesday said it had dramatically foiled an attempt by armed Somali pirates to seize a Panama-registered Greek cargo ship in the troubled waters of the Gulf of Aden.

Eight Somali pirates tried to take control of the MV Elinakos on Sunday but an Indian warship responded to its distress call and came to the bulk carrier’s rescue.

“INS Godavari was quick to launch a helicopter to locate the skiff being used by the pirates (and) she subsequently launched marine commandos to board the pirate boat,” the navy said in a statement.

A German warship also joined in the rescue, the Indian navy said, adding the attackers dumped their weapons into the sea before they were overpowered.

A naval spokesman said the pirates were permitted to leave the area on their boat.

India, which deployed its warships in the Gulf of Aden in 2008, has so far escorted 1,665 merchant vessels through the pirate-infested waters, according to the naval statement.

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