Originally Posted by daletournier
I chose not to take this route
as I perceive the risk to be real.
But not sure this is a genuine pirate attack, if it was they were extremely slow, surely the yacht could of easily been boarded before the cavalry arrived?
I understand and agree.
While we only hear one side of the story, and one we can empathize with the yachtsman or sailors on the "attacked" boat
, it may not be the whole story, or it could be a case of mistaken intent (or identity).
When I see posts on Facebook or sailing groups that show "pirates thwarted" (type) by shooting guns
boats, I look at those carefully and consider the real possibility that the "pirates" were local fishermen working their nets, trying to protect their nets by warning the yachtsman about them, working their fishing
grounds, moving in the same direction on a likely route or rhumb line to a popular destination
, or trying to get close enough to the yacht to offer something in trade
(fish, etc.) or to request something (position, water
, tobacco, etc.).
But, knowing the location of the incident is important too. Yemen is a war zone, a conflict zone, and part of the known area of pirate attacks on shipping
I see this reported incident as worthy of sharing for a few reasons. One that I find interesting is the response by the Japanese warship (do they call it that when they are strictly a "defense force"?) helicopter and by the Pakistani naval vessel too. It does show some international cooperation by navies patrolling that area, a commercial shipping
route vital to the economies of so many nations.