February 17, 2011

HMS Cornwall saves sailors

Sky News "British sailors have freed five hostages who were held captive by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean for three months."

'The Royal Navy's HMS Cornwall was alerted by a South Korean merchant vessel which had spotted a Somali boat acting suspiciously, the Ministry of Defence said.

'The naval boarding party found weapons including rocket-propelled grenades and three skiffs used to launch attacks on the pirates' vessel.

'HMS Cornwall arrived at the scene with a boarding team supported by a Lynx helicopter.

'Her commanding officer, Commander David Wilkinson, said: "Our presence in the area has had a hugely significant effect on the lives of five Yemeni fishermen, who have been freed from over three months of pirate captivity and can now return to their families."'

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