(Crew used boiling water against bandits) Navy, Coast Guard rescue vessel from piracy attack Print
Sunday, 18 February 2018 17:49

By Remus Ong

 

Combined elements of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine Air Force (PAF) came to the aid of a cargo vessel  whose crewmen prevented the entry of pirates through the use of boiling water.

The attack occurred within the vicinity of   Sibago Island in Basilan province  on Friday night.

Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) Task Force 61 Chief, Capt. Joe Anthony Orbe identified the boat as the MV Kudos, a cargo vessel loaded with assorted steel bars and with 27 crew members on board.

The vessel was on its way to Manila from Davao city when it was attacked by lawless elements near Sibago island, a site commonly used by pirates to launch attacks at sea.

At around 11p.m., the Coast Guard Zamboanga Station received a distress call from the vessel informing them of the attempted attack.

Minutes before, around 12 armed men from two pumpboats and one jungkong type boat attempted to board the cargo vessel.

Alert crew men quickly poured boiling water on the bandits while the boat captain maneuvered the boat, thus preventing the men from boarding the vessel.

The crew also made the distress call and fired a flare which was seen by a patrolling Philippine Navy boat in the area.

The pirates escaped after sensing the arrival of authorities.

Military authorities are still conducting pursuit operations as of yesterday morning after ensuring that the vessel is secured.  (Remus Ong)