Written By: IVAN LOH
Article Date: Sep 16, 2011 - 4:10:27 AM
LUMUT: Malaysian navy personnel managed to thwart a hijacking attempt of a Malaysian oil tanker off Yemen.
The MT Stealth Eagle, owned by MISC Bhd, was sailing along the straits of Bab el-Mandeb, about 30 nautical miles from Al-Mukha in Yemen.
Six navy commandos, who were on board the tanker, spotted five skiffs with 10 to 15 men tailing the ship at about 6pm (local time) on Sunday.
A Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) spokesman said Thursday the skiffs followed the tanker for about 15 minutes before they tried to approach the ship.
“The commandos, led by Lt Aswad Zakareya, fired a warning shot and the the skiffs then turned away,” he said, adding that the area was notorious for piracy and ship-hijacking cases.
The MT Stealth Eagle was carrying some 56,000 metric tonnes of low sulphur fuel oil worth about RM200mil and 26 personnel, including two Malaysians, at the time of the attack.
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