Pirates ransack Pescanova vessel, resulting in stolen shrimp and injured crew
Pirates laid siege to a Pescanova vessel in waters near to Mozambique on 5 November, resulting in the injury of five crewmembers and leaving the captain unconscious.
The targeted vessel, Pescamar 9, which belongs to Pescanova’s Mozambique affiliate, was boarded by eight armed assailants wielding knives and firearms, who ransacked the ship and stole a half-ton of shrimp as well as personal effects from the crew.
The small boat carrying the attackers approached Pescamar 9 in “an aggressive manner,” according to Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia. After knocking out the captain, wounding the crew (three wounded crewmembers were Spanish, while the other two hailed from Mozambique) and stealing the various goods aboard the vessel, the assailants fled via the small boat they arrived in. The incident occurred one mile from Porto da Beira, as Pescamar 9 awaited permission to enter the area.
All injured crewmembers were quickly transported to the hospital for treatment, and were promptly discharged after proper care, according to Pescanova.