April 11th, 2010
12:53 PM ET

Cargo ship hijacked near Somalia

A St. Vincent and the Grenadines-flagged cargo ship was hijacked Sunday morning in the Indian Ocean near Somalia, the European Union Naval Force said.

The MV Rak Afrikana cargo ship was taken approximately 280 nautical miles (322 miles) West of the Seychelles. The waters near Somalia are hotbed of piracy.

The naval forces sent the ITS Scirocco to the investigate, EU NAVFOR said.

The Rak Afrikana had been reporting engine problems and was stopped, the naval forces said.

The size and nationality of the crew was not immediately known.

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  1. Just a Mom

    Becca, they weren't the same pirates that attached the Naval ship last week. My stspson is on the USS Nicholas that was first attacked 10 days ago and they still have control of the pirates and have them in custody. There are so many though i'm sure they won't ever be able to capture them all even if they attack their ships; let alone if they go after the cargo ships.

    April 11, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rebecca

    Going around Africa is NOT a safer option...
    Basically anything west of Australia is an unsafe bet....
    Many yachts an ships are unable to gain any form of insurance coverage due to these prirate attacks.
    I'm not sure what the answer is...but something drastic must be implemented.

    April 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mel

    All ships should have at least four armed security people on board to deal with these morons!

    April 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brett

    I think that these shipping companies should hire some Somalians familiar with the waters there as bounty hunters, $1,000 for each live capture brought in and found guilty after trial. I am sure that would provide a good living for those individuals AND save the shipping companies tons in ransoms paid.

    April 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tyler

    I love these comments some are actually very funny but so true. I guess with a little education they have they don't understand that ships with giant guns on it isn't a good target.
    I suppose a few ships hijacked a year isn't a big deal to shipping companies. Even though there are many lives held captive the ransom is the cheapest option. Maybe the cost of all the military ships is too great to justify being there in large numbers. Something should be done.

    April 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wcnea567

    Ships doing business in that area must be required to arm themselves. They can either arm their sailors or hire arm guards. They cannot be allowed to rely on navy ships of any nation to assure their safety. Simply because navy ships operate on tax money but any profit that commercial ships generate goes to those companies who operate those ships and do not pay for the expences navy incurs for the operations.

    April 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jay

    Yeah so maritime law totally different from any other laws out... when you catch them shoot them and that will be the end of it. To bad we have to live in a world who lets these people go...

    April 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dillon

    Echo1, you might feel differently about missiles being shot into harbours if YOU lived there. Or maybe your family. You might also feel intimidated to speak up against piracy if you lived in a lawless country and the pirates were heavily armed.

    I don't have much compassion for the pirates, but indiscriminately harming civilians is cruel. It also tends to breed terrorists.

    April 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. renji1

    guys, they only do this so they can survive, warlords have torn the country into so many pieces, it has no government, so businesses can't form, thus, they have no jobs....and its not like they can go to the next city either.....perhaps if we tried to compromise with the pirates a little more, no one would need to get kidnapped or killed

    April 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jack

    We have a responsibility to bring peace and stability to this region. We should be sending naval forces immediately. A coalition is a great idea. Get the EU and US navies working together to solve this dilemma.

    April 12, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. ricardo fernandes

    it is unacceptable, i dont understand why the battle ships in the area dont shoot these pirates , it is the only solution. the media will never know. shoot and sink their boats. as simple as that

    April 12, 2010 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. scottibrian

    How many times to we have to tell the Authorities !!! ........................Q Ships are the answer .............................if pirates stopped returning home .............they might get the idea and stop coming !!!

    April 12, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Somali ex fisherman, trained by the Japanese on how to ransom ships that should not have been overfishing there protected waters. These people were taught how to do what they are doing.

    April 12, 2010 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Melissa

    We have a responsibility to bring peace and stability to this region?

    Are you kidding me? Who are we to police the world when we have so many problems at home? I understand there are a lot of innocent people living in the area, and it is extremely poverty stricken, controlled by warlords with little regard for human rights and safety. Those currently being held by pirates are at risk every time a pirate is captured or killed. They know the towns where these pirates live...If their government will not work to organize itself to address the issues, my opinion is... take a different shipping route, stop doing business there...

    April 12, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
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