Philippine Cargo Ship Crew Thwarts Attempted Piracy

The quick-thinking crew of a Philippine cargo ship thwarted a possible hijacking or robbery at sea on Saturday in the country’s volatile southern region by locking themselves in their quarters, the coast guard said.

About eight men on two motorized outriggers boarded the MV Cecilia off Davao del Sur province, but the crew quickly locked all the vessel’s hatches and windows, said Commodore Joselito dela Cruz, a coast guard district commander on the main southern island of Mindanao.

He said the suspected pirates left empty-handed before a coast guard vessel arrived at the site, near Balut Island.

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