Like Wise- Just adding FACT -My info comes direct FROM daily updates from the UKMTO
in charge of reports and contacts in the area surrounding the Red Sea Approaches through my affiliation as member
Maritime and the IIMS:
Here's a few quotes from such a lone yacht which crossed in March April 17
1) We also choose to sail alone as we are a very slow vessel (34 ft with a 23 year old motor).
2) We had 3 incidents on this trip which can fall under the head: security.
At first light we saw two big fishing
boats going on a reciprocal course from us, but at one moment they turned 90 degrees and came straight for us. Our crew member put on his pirate outfit
and took the gun
and stood by the mainsail
as the two fishing
boats were approaching fast but then they slowed down and changed course away from us.
4) Number 2
A few hours later after the plane left an incredible noise
broke out on the VHF
. It turned out that a commercial
vessel just 20 miles astern of us had been "successfully" hijacked
and there was also a hijacking in progress 45 miles ahead of us!
You can understand our confusion, after five years of nothing there were
TWO hijackings happening just as we sailed those waters...and we were in the middle of it. We asked ourselves: is this real? Yes, unfortunately it was. We later heard that the hijacking astern of us had cost at least one life
5) Number 3-
The third incident happened in the Red Sea just before dark,Then it happened! We saw 4 motor
vessels about 10 meter long approaching us and with help of a strong telescope we could see that all they had a big, white flag at the stern.This normally means "Truce" in military terms. We counted about 16 people on each boat
and they were coming fast in our direction. Again, our crew member
put on his pirate outfit, manned the gun and stood watch. In this case he used the laser beam because one of the ships came quite close but after the beam hit them they immediately disappeared. One motorboat came back but another laser beam chased it away. We were not afraid that they had weapons, but we were afraid of an angry "mob", that wanted food
, which we did not have for so many people.-
reading between the lines here I would say they are a VERY LUCKY vessel to get away with the passage
un scythed, !!!!
To Note the Gun was a Toy??-(Are you Kidding Me!!)
Cheers Steve (MIIMS)Lloyd's Maritime