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An attempted attack on a Spanish tuna boat foiled. 11 pirates arrested (Update)

(credit: Eunavfor / Spanish Navy)

(BRUSSELS2) The pirate fishing season is starting again (so to speak!). The Spanish frigate “Canarias”, which is part of the European Union's anti-piracy operation (Eunavfor Atalanta), foiled a pirate attack on a Spanish tuna boat, the Draco, flying the flag of Seychelles. 11 suspects were arrested.

The incident occurred on Monday afternoon while the Draco – an 80 meter tuna boat belonging to the Mar de Hydra group (Galicia) – was off the coast of Tanzania (about 200 miles). The sailors discover a skiff pursuing them at high speed. was pursued by a pirate team consisting of at least one whaler and one skiff. The Spanish Navy Operations and Action Monitoring Center (COVAM) has been notified. The private guards on board (Israelis) first fired several warning shots into the air to deter the pirates, then into the water to stop them, according to the Galicia daily Faro de Vigo. The commander of Canary Islands who was about 100 miles from the scene dispatched his SH-60B helicopter to assist the tuna boat and stop the pirates, while the Canary Islands approximate. The military then apprehended the eight pirates who were on board the whaler, but no weapons or piracy equipment. Then the skiff was boarded with 3 pirates on board.

The frigate is currently heading to Mombasa for a technical stopover with the 11 suspects on board. " We are awaiting a decision from the Seychelles authorities on the complaint to be filed by the fishing company. “Said the Spanish Ministry of Defense.

(Update – Wed 18 p.m.) The Seychelles authorities have agreed to take charge of the 11 suspects who will be referred to the justice system of the archipelago, specifies a press release from Eunavfor published late Wednesday afternoon. The whaler was stowed astern of the Spanish frigate while the skiff was destroyed.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).