Danish Warship Sinks Pirate Vessel
The Danish navy vessel Absalon seized at least four RPGs from pirates — and then sank their ship.
The pirates were adrift in the Gulf of Aden without engine power, drinking water, or food. After eight days they asked for help from the Danish marine vessel Absalon, which is on patrol duty in the area.
On Thursday evening Absalon chose to board the ship, relates TV2 correspondent on Absalon, Rasmus Tantholdt.
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Aboard the ship the Danish soldiers found four RPG’s and seven Somalis, who were all taken aboard Absalon.
Due to weather conditions in the area it was not possible for Absalon to have the pirate vessel on tow, and thereafter, according to navy operational headquarters, it was destroyed. It is now the intention that the alleged pirates are to be taken to Yemen and handed over to the local authorities.
Previously Danish soldiers have set suspected pirates free after six days, because there is no agreement stating that the Danish navy has a right to detain suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden.
Here’s a video from Danish TV of the sinking (hat tip TB).