Event: Attack and Attempted Kidnap (Level I Incident)
Date and Time: 11 November 2017 0822UTC
Location: 4.5nm South of Bonny Fairway Buoy, Nigeria
Position: 04°07’10”N, 006°59’57”E
Type: Bulk Carrier
Description: A report has been received that a merchant ship has been attacked 4.5nm South of the Bonny Fairway Buoy.
Update: A bulk carrier was attacked whilst sailing at 14kts. A security escort vessel was nearby. Vessel’s status still not confirmed.
Update 2: The 7 pirates boarded the vessel and gained access to the accommodation structure through a porthole. They abducted 10 crew members.
Two crew members were wounded (one head wound, one bullet wound on leg). The pirates left the vessel via the speedboat with a security vessel in pursuit.
After one outboard engine on the pirates’ vessel failed, the security vessel reached their position and engaged fire. A wave caused the speedboat to capsize. The pirates and crew members were rescued by the
security vessel, and were then transferred to the Nigerian Navy.