Fast sea boats from HMS Cumberland had been launched after the dhow refused to stop when it was positively identified as a ship involved in an earlier hijack attempt on a Danish ship.
But when the ratings from the Type 42 frigate began circling the dhow the pirates opened fire on them.
In an intense exchange of fire two Somalis were killed instantly by machine guns firing from the Navy boats.
Cowed by the accuracy of the fire the dhow crew surrendered. The sailors boarded the boat and found a seriously injured Yemeni pirate who was immediately treated by the Cumberland\’s doctor but he died from his wounds.
Hmm, so we\’ve got a British warship working out there. It\’s part of a NATO task force.
So, err, why are the EU trying to set up a mission? We already seem to have matters in hand, no?