This morning the marina manager brought us the fantastic news that the Indian navy has caught yet another boat load of pirates! It was a huge catch with 61 seized in all. Yep, 61 of the b******s. Good.
In one report it mentions that they were caught off the Keralan port of Cochin, but fear not, it was 700 miles away, putting them closer to the Lakshadweep Islands. The Indian Navy pursued a Mozambique flagged vessel, Vega 5, which was captured by pirates in December and used as a mothership for other attacks in that area of the Arabian Sea. Fortunately all 13 captive crew were rescued.
According to The Hindu:
“Launching the operation on Saturday night, INS Kalpeni, a water jet fast attack craft, closed in on the mother pirate vessel, which launched two skiffs that fired at the naval vessel. The Navy responded with limited firing, which resulted in fire breaking out on Vega 5, Navy spokesman Commodore P.V.S. Satish said… Preliminary investigations revealed that the pirates were carrying about 80 to 90 small arms/rifles and a few heavy weapons like rocket propelled grenades. Several pirate attacks had been carried out from this vessel. Naval officers said apprehending these pirates meant thwarting eight to ten possible attacks since they carry out strikes in small groups… On Friday night, the Navy patrol aircraft, while responding to a call from MV Vancouver Bridge under pirate attack, located Vega 5. On seeing the naval aircraft, the pirates immediately aborted their attempt and the mother vessel tried to escape. The aircraft tracked the pirate ship till its interception.”
The success-rate of the Indian navy and the coast guard is commendable. In two months they have captured two pirate vessels and over 100 pirates.
What’s most encouraging, however, is the photograph that has been issued along with the report. It’s a photo of all 61 pirates sitting like lame ducks on board the navy vessel.
Whilst I do not condone the death penalty I do hope these pirates are proverbially strung up alive by the Indian justice system. Good riddance to them.
More info here.