(How M/V Kudos was rescued) PCG, NAVFORWEM, PAF quick response prevented attack PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 February 2018 17:48

The quick reaction of personnel from Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Zamboanga Station and the Philippine Air Force (PAF) prevented a cargo boat from being the latest victim of piracy attack off the seas of Basilan province.

Initially, crew members of the MV Kudos were able to thwart off the piracy attack by pouring boiling water on the bandits and maneuvering the vessel to prevent lawless elements from boarding the boat.

Crew members thereafter made the distress call to the Philippine Coast Guard which alerted all units in the area and activated the Anti Kidnapping Task Force.

Crew members also fired a flare which alerted a patrolling Navy boat, the PC 381.

Naval Forces also dispatched at least four vessels, including the  PC 386 and BA 484, to provide counteraction operations.

At this point, after the vessel was secured, the PC 381 escorted the MV Kudos out of the area until it reached the vicinity of Coco island in Basilan.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Air Force dispatched two UH1H  helicopters to conduct maritime air surveillance operations.

A Navy report said that the MV Kudos was no longer chased by the pirates after the link up of all military and coast guard assets.

The Navy boats however continued to scour the area for the presence of the suspects.

There are no reports as of presstime if the pirates have been arrested by authorities.  (Liza Jocson)