Another Ghanaian fishing vessel attacked by pirates on high sea in 2 weeks; 5 crew members kidnapped

Another Ghanaian fishing vessel attacked by pirates on high sea in 2 weeks; 5 crew members kidnapped

- A Ghanaian registered purse seine Tuna-fishing vessel was attacked at Cotonou in the Benin Republic

- Seven pirates all armed with weapons boarded the vessel, ransacked the vessel, and took away personal belongings and valuables of crew members

- Five crew members comprising 4 Koreans and one Filipino were kidnapped by the pirates

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News reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that a Ghanaian registered purse seine Tuna-fishing vessel was attacked at Cotonou in the Benin Republic.

According to a report filed by 3News, this is the second Ghanaian registered vessel attacked on the high sea in less than two weeks.

The vessel has been conducting fishing activities in Ghanaian waters since leaving Tema harbor on May 26, 2021, and crossing into Benin waters on May 30, 2021.

Another Ghanaian fishing vessel attacked by pirates on high sea in 2 weeks
Another Ghanaian fishing vessel attacked by pirates on high sea in 2 weeks

The crew of the vessel reported sighting a suspicious vessel about an hour before the attack but could not ascertain whether the two small boats were launched from the vessel.

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Moments later, the vessel was swiftly approached by two pirate small boats forcing it to stop.

Seven pirates all armed with weapons boarded the vessel, ransacked the vessel, and took away personal belongings and valuables of crew members.

Five crew members comprising 4 Koreans (Captain, Chief Deck Officer, Chief Engineer, and Boatswains Mate) and one Filipinos (Refrigeration Engineer) were kidnapped by the pirates.

The remaining 31 crew (30 Ghanaians and one Korean) are reported to be safe and are currently sailing back towards Tema Port with a Ghana Navy Patrol Boat that was dispatched to rescue them back to the Port.

In other news, teachers at the Agona Swedru Methodist ‘B’ School have been forced to hold classes under trees after some residents “shit-bombed” the school.

The incident reportedly happened on Tuesday morning, June 1, 2021.

The action of the residents has affected both the students and the entire teaching staff, Starrfm.com.gh reported as sighted by YEN.com.gh.

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Speaking to Accra-based Kasapa FM, the headmaster of the school, Akwasi Ahensan Napolean described the situation as “unbearable.”

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Source: Yen Ghana

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