The sailors of the Russian Northern Fleet rescued a container ship flying the flag of Panama from pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, RIA Novosti reports, citing the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Russian Defense Ministry.
“On October 25, the crew of the large anti-submarine ship” Vice-Admiral Kulakov “prevented the seizure of a civilian ship by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea of the Atlantic Ocean,” the message says.
At about 13:00 the crew received a distress signal from the container ship MSC Lucia, sailing under the Panama flag from Togo to Cameroon. It became known about an attempt to hijack the ship by unknown armed men on a high-speed boat. “The crew of the container ship, after giving a distress signal, in accordance with the instructions, took refuge in the engine room,” the department stressed.
A Ka-27PS helicopter with a Marine Corps unit took off from the Vice-Admiral Kulakov and headed for the area of the incident. When the helicopter appeared, the pirates left the ship and headed towards the coast at full speed in their boat. After that, the anti-terror group freed the crew and inspected the container ship.
Earlier it was reported that pirates attacked a container ship near Nigeria. It was assumed that the Russian tanker “Akademik Pashin” approached him.