Indian Navy has rescued an Iranian fishing trawler and its crew hijacked by Somali pirates. The Indian Navy informed this information on Tuesday.
The Indian Navy spokesman said that the Iranian-flagged fishing trawler Al-Naimi and the 19 crew members on that trawler were rescued by the Indian Navy’s warship INS Sumitra from the Indian Ocean. The crew are all Pakistani nationals. 11 pirates from Somalia took the trawler and its crew hostage.
Indian Navy released some pictures of the incident. It can be seen that Somali pirates are standing on the trawler with automatic weapons. An Indian Navy helicopter flies over the trawler. Another picture shows the pirates kneeling. Behind them are the members of the Indian Navy standing with arms.
The incident took place on Monday night, 1500 kilometers away from the coastal city of Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala.
About 36 hours before the incident, the Indian Navy rescued another Iranian-flagged fishing trawler and its 17 crew members. It was also hijacked by Somali pirates. Three days earlier, the trawler was hijacked 1500 kilometers off the coast of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.
Meanwhile, on Monday yesterday, commando forces from Sicily rescued a Sri Lankan flagged fishing trawler and its six crew members from the Indian Ocean. The trawler Lorenzo Putha-4 was also hijacked by Somali pirates.
According to the Prothomalo