New Delhi :  Indian Navy has given assistance to the foreign merchant vessel MV OS 35 (Tuvalu registered vessel), which was attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Eden on April 8. Earlier a distress call was received to Indian Navy from this vessel.

According to Indian Navy, “INS Mumbai, Tarkash, Trishul and Aditya” proceeding on deployment to the Mediterranean and passing through the Gulf of Aden, responded to the call and rapidly closed the merchant vessel by the early hours of 09 April. After the Counterinsurgency by the Navy, no pirates were visible on the upper decks, some crew members gradually emerged from the strong room and carried out a search of the ship and ascertained that the pirates had fled the ship at night.

All in this incident , all 19 Filipino crew members are safe. The Captain of the merchant vessel profusely thanked the Indian Naval ships for his help.

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