HMS Cornwall rescues five fishermen from pirate mothership

Sailors and Royal Marines from the Type 22 frigate HMS Cornwall have successfully stormed a vessel seized by Somali pirates

in the Gulf of Aden and rescued five hostages.


The Ministry of Defence described the vessel, a Yemeni fishing boat as a pirate “mother

ship”. The pirates used it as a base from which to mount attacks in three

smaller craft, which were destroyed in the operation last Thursday.


The pirate vessel, a dhow, was returned to the rescued Yemeni crew, who were

able to make their way home, while the 17 pirates were taken aboard HMS

Cornwall
and deposited in Somalia.


Commander David Wilkinson, commanding officer of HMS Cornwall, said:

“Our presence in the area has had a hugely significant effect on the lives

of five Yemeni fishermen, who have been freed from over three months of

pirate captivity and can now return to their families. In addition we have

restored a merchant vessel to legitimate use on the high seas.”


He added: “My highly trained team has conducted a very slick boarding

operation which has ensured that this pirate vessel is no longer able to

operate.”