Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Pirate-Held Crew Runs Out of Food and Water [W. Thomas Smith Jr.]
It appears the world — including the Royal Danish Navy — has forgotten the pirate-seized crew of the Danica White:
A Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates earlier this month has run out of food and fresh water at sea, a Kenyan maritime official said on Monday.
The MV Danica White and its five Danish crew members were carrying building materials from Dubai to Kenya when it was seized off Somalia in the world's most dangerous waterway.
"The news we are getting is that food has run out in that ship and there is no water," said Andrew Mwangura, director of the Mombasa-based East African Seafarers Assistance Programme.
As we reported earlier this month, the U.S. Navy's dock landing ship, Carter Hall, fired warning shots over the captured ship's bow, and destroyed three pirate skiffs being towed behind the hijacked vessel. But when the Danish ship entered Somali waters, the American ship had to back off.
When captured, the crew had two weeks worth of food and fresh water on board. That was over three weeks ago.
Editor’s note: Please see this note.
06/26 06:55 PMShare