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The Alexandra Tanker Attacked by Pirates in the Gulf of Aden

24.09.2009 10:42

The Russian Alexandra tanker came under armed attack of pirates when crossing the Gulf of Aden. One of the members of the crew composed of 19 Russians could inform by e-mail that the attack took place on September 19. The pirates tried to seize the ship bound for Egypt.

The pirates came close to the side and fired at the captain's bridge. The captain of the tanker, saving the vessel, gave an order to shake off the pursuer at high speed and deliver a message about attack. Naval vessels crews responded to it and came to the rescue.

In the Horn of Africa region since last January vessels of the Pacific Fleet of the Navy of the Russian Federation have been situated. Within the framework of the international operation they successfully made pilotage of more than 100 Russian and foreign vessels and prevented several attempts of vessels hijacking by pirates.