The Togolese navy is reported to have helped foiled yet another pirate attack in the Gulf of Guinea and rescued 24 Ghanaians and Chinese sailors this past Sunday, 1st February. The rescued men were part of a 28 man crew of the the Lung Rong Lu Young 917 that was attacked by the pirates in international waters off Takoradi.
The Togolese navy fired several warning shots to stop the pirates who have by then taken over the boat. 24 of the crew members managed to jump into the sea who were immediately rescued by the navy. One crew member however, in an attempt to escape was stabbed with a knife and reported dead. 3 persons are also still missing at sea and feared dead.
The Ghana navy on their part said that a patrol team has been dispatched to search for the other 3 persons who were unaccounted for and also indicated that pirates on the coast are increasingly becoming sophisticated as one of the first things they do when a boat is attacked is to disengage the communication and vessel tracking system making it difficult to be tracked.
This is yet another pirate attack on the Gulf of Guinea within a short span. This success has however highlighted the need and importance for collaboration and sharing of information at regional and international level in the fight against maritime piracy.
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