Greek bulk carrier attacked, fired upon in Arabian sea – fake?
Update: Here’s an UKMTO report: On 04 JUL 2018 at approximately 05.02UTC an MV in position: 13 33.2N 042 40.1E (Approx. 5 miles south of Hanish Islands) reported being approached at speed by 3 white and blue hulled skiffs.
Each skiff had 7/8 POB. The skiffs fired at the MV, embarked AST returned fire. The crew and vessel are safe.
What about dates on photos? Greek journalist could mistake area where attack occurred, but why one of photos is dated Jul 3?
Greek media reported Greek bulk carrier CHIOS FREEDOM being attacked by pirates early in the morning Jul 4 in Arabian sea off Fujairah UAE, initial story being published by journalist Dimitris Stavropoulos in Protothema.gr https://www.protothema.gr/greece/article/802428/epithesi-peiraton-se-elliniko-ploio-sta-inomena-aravika-emirata-mahi-kai-adallagi-purovolismon/. Three speed boats with 12 armed with AK-47 rifles men approached bulk carrier under way and opened fire. 3 armed guards on board of bulk carrier returned fire, after some time pirates fled, attack was thwarted. No injures among 22 crew and guards team, the ship continued her voyage, she’s en route from Iran to Suez.
There’s one question, one strange unexplained detail. CHIOS FREEDOM couldn’t be sailing in the area where allegedly, attack took place, at a time attack reportedly took place, because bulk carrier passed area near Fujairah on Jun 27-28, with a short stop at Fujairah anchorage. In the morning Jul 4 the ship was already in Red sea.
There’s common problem with all recent reports on pirates attacks in Arabian sea and Gulf of Aden – they’re either unconfirmed, or don’t stand fact-check. Look at bullets marks on ship’s funnel, and on photos dates. Strange.
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