On Thursday morning, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) rescued the crew of a hijacked merchant tanker and arrested ten alleged pirates. On the night of September 6, 13 pirates boarded the Thai product tanker MGT 1 at a location off Pulau Bidong, a small island near Malaysia’s border with Thailand. According to RECAAP, the attackers arrived in two boats and were carrying arms. They forced the crew of the MGT 1 to come alongside a pirate "mother ship" and transfer over about 265,000 gallons of fuel. The crew activated the vessel’s SSAS silent alarm, and the MMEA responded.
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