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UKMTO Warning Vessel Approached by 3 Skiffs 1 Unmanned


ASKET Note:

It has been reported that an armed team engaged the skiffs, either with warning or aimed shots.

UKMTO ADVISORY NOTICE 002/MAR/2020 Update Number 2

UPDATE: INCIDENT

A Merchant Vessel in Position: 14-18.06N 052-29.18E. (In Vicinity Point Bravo of the IRTC) at 1020UTC on 3rd March was closed by 3 small craft. 1 of these craft was unmanned and approached the vessel to extreme close quarters. This approach caused no damage, nor were any crew members injured. The Merchant Vessel and crew are safe.

The early indications are that the unmanned craft was probably remote controlled.

The details of the incident remains under investigation.

All vessels are encouraged to exercise Extreme Caution when transiting this area, and report any unusual sightings/observations to UKMTO as soon as possible.

ADVISORY NOTICE 002/MAR/2020 Update

UPDATE: INCIDENT

A Merchant Vessel in Posn. 1418.06N 05229.18E. (in Vicinity Point Bravo of the IRTC) at 1020utc on 3rd March was closed by 3 small craft.

1 of the craft was unmanned and approached the vessel to extreme close quarters.