In international waters this morning, the USS Nicholas captured five pirates which were attempting to capture the ship. A small skiff approached the USS Nicholas, a U.S. Warship, at about 12:27am this morning. The team of pirates were attacking the ship in hopes of getting emergency money for ransom. The crew of the USS Nicholas detained all five suspected pirates.
USS Nicholas pirate attack
The USS Nicholas was launched in April of 1983 and operates as a supply and security frigate. A U.S. Navy warship, the USS Nicholas was operating in international waters. The ship was fired on from three pirates in a small skiff just west of the island nation of Seychelles. The alleged pirates reversed their skiff around when the USS Nicholas returned fire. The USS Nicholas pursued the skiff, sank it, and captured the three suspected pirates. The USS Nicholas also captured the “mother ship” of the pirates and two additional men.
Pirates attacked west of Seychelles
The USS Nicholas attack began like most pirate attacks. A larger “mother ship” will go out to sea, then send out a small skiff with armed pirates. The pirates on the skiff will then attack and capture a ship and hold it until insurance or ransom money is received. Most often, the pirates are paid by an insurance company and the ship is set free.
Piracy on the rise in international waters
In the first half of 2009, the incidents of pirate attacks around the globe doubled, especially around the African continent. Piracy has also led to a boom in insurance plans and loan lenders, though there is now so much competition that the prices have started to stabilize. The UN has also made statements about piracy, pointing out that it has a basis in the pervasive poverty of many African nations. Hopefully soon, a resolution is set into motion to prevent any more of this ruthless act.