Somalian piracy: How to keep Filipino seafarers safe
A first person account:
By Nico Cartalla
We departed the island of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean on April 6 for a 21-day trip that would bring us back to the Mediterranean port of Palma de Mallorca in Spain to get the M/Y Teleost ready for summer. The 160-foot private superyacht sails to the Mediterranean in summer and to either the Caribbean or Indian Ocean islands in winter, entertaining multimillionaire clients who pay $240,000 dollars a week for a nice holiday.
Morale on board the ship was understandably low. A few days ago a charter yacht had been seized off Asuncion island a couple of hundred miles south from where we were. It was the first hijacking incident in the area. That night we received another report of an attack 100 miles north of where we were. A maritime advisory warned vessels against traveling 600 miles close to the Somalian coast. Our captain decided to divert the yacht’s course more to the east, away from the pirate-infested waters.
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