Update: Pirates sized tug boat Svitzer Korsakov in the Gulf of Aden
Fox News reported that U.S. warships fired on Somali pirates trying to resupply colleagues on the hijacked a Danish owned tug boat Svitzer Korsakov. The Svitzer Korsakov with its six hostages is currently stationed 25 miles east of Ely, a coastal town 560 miles north of Mogadishu, Somalia.
U.S. Navy has been monitoring the ship since February 4, 2008, three days after it was hijacked off the coast of Puntland. (read our first report about the Svitzer Korsakov Pirate Attack).
According to Denise Garcia, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain, U.S. warships had communicated with the pirates by radio and “encouraged them to leave the ship and let it go.” Today, Monday February 11, 2008 the district commissioner of Ely, Abdullahi Sai, told AP that “Some of the artillery shells hit around the coastline but no human casualties were reported. Unfortunately the gangs escaped”. However, the U.S. Navy did not yet respond to this claim.