Crew of Sicilian trawler Airone captured the hijackers
Sicilian fishing vessel Airone was hijacked by Libyan militia, one or two gunmen, at around 0330 LT Apr 16 or 17, while under way in international waters some 30 nm off Libyan coast. The crew managed somehow to lock the hijackers in a hold, and report incident to authorities. As of 1300 UTC Apr 17, according to Italian media, Airone was steaming to Lampedusa, escorted by Italian Navy ship. It is understood, that the gunmen claimed to be patrol from Tripoli, and started to search vessel. 7 crew of Airone includes 3 Sicilians and 4 Tunisians.