Merchant Vessel Fires Warning Shot at Would-be Pirates off Eritrea Coast

At approximately 1907 EST, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) authority announced that an incident was underway 57NM northwest of Assab, Eritrea.

By 2000 EST, UKMTO reported that a small vessel had approached the merchant vessel. However, the merchant vessel fired a warning shot at the smaller craft, which quickly fled the scene. The merchant vessel is proceeding to its next port.