When the crew noticed the pirates, the alarm raised and all crew gathered in the citadel. The Nigerian Navy sent a patrol boat to the location to help the ship.

The pirates fired upon and damaged the ship’s equipment and accommodation and before escaping, they stole ship’s cash and properties. Naval personnel boarded the ship, rescued the crew and escorted the ship to a safe port.

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According to the International Chamber of Commerce's International Maritime Bureau (IMB), 66 attacks against ships in Africa in the first quarter of 2018 highlight a surge in global levels of piracy and armed robbery at sea.

Figures in Q1 2018 are up compared to 43 incidents for the same period in 2017, and 37 in Q1 2016.