Chemical tanker Costina attacked by pirates off Somali Coast

The chemical tanker Costina was attacked by pirates on 6 nautical miles east off Somali Coast, reported IMB Piracy. The vessel was underway to Mogadishu, when was approached by motor skiff with six armed men. The pirates chased and fired upon the tanker for nearly two hours. The Master of the chemical tanker Costina sent distress signal for piracy attack, while the non-essential crew retreated in the citadel.
The Spanish amphibious assault ship Galicia responded to the distress signal and changed course to the attack site. The warship deployed its SH-3D Morsa helicopter and several vessels of the Navy’s Special Naval Warfare Force in attempt to locate the skiff, but the pirates succeeded to abandon the attack and escaped.
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