January 28, 2011

Pirate skiffs chased . . .

ibn live "A Coast Guard surveillance aircraft today chased away two suspected pirate skiffs, which were hovering around a merchant vessel off the coast of Lakshadweep Islands." via PTI

'During the patrol, the aircraft also sighted the pirate mother ship Prantalay, which was chased away by Navy and Coast Guard vessels from the same area about a month ago, Navy officials said here.

'"A Coast Guard Dornier on routine patrol located two white colour skiffs in the vicinity of a merchant vessel MV CMA CGM Berdi. The aircraft descended and passed over the skiffs and chased them away in the morning," they added.

'Because of the timely arrival of the aircraft the merchant vessel is now safe and heading for its next destination in East Asia, they said.

'After a spurt in piracy-related incidents, in the last two months the Navy and the Coast Guard have been maintaining an increased vigil west of the Lakshadweep Islands for pirate boats.'

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