Vigilance urged in Red Sea

Calls for vigilance after a false alarm.

Merchant fleet remain on Red Sea alert despite piracy false alarm

By Kent Gray from Dubai

Ships transiting the Red Sea have been cautioned to remain vigilant despite a reported piracy attack north of the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait recently turning out to be false alarm.

A cable laying vessel reported being fired upon by 16 assailants armed with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and AK47 assault rifles west of Yemen’s Jazirat al Hanish al Kabir islands on July 22.

Armed security on board the merchant vessel returned warning shots and a nearby warship reportedly acknowledged the master’s distress call, scrambling media to report a piracy scare.

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