On Wednesday, 19th May, 2021 a group of pirates attacked a fishing vessel that was near Tema harbor and kidnapped 5 members of the crew.
It is reported that the attack on the vessel happened in the evening around 6pm when eight fully armed pirates invaded the vessel. The pirates however stole laptops, mobile phones and money from the crew who were on the fishing vessel.
An Ecowas MMCC Zone F Incident Report on the incident said: “Information received indicates that at about 191830 UTC, the Ghanaian registered Tuna-fishing vessel ATLANTIC PRINCESS (IMO: 8124412) was attacked at position 04 33.5N, 000 15.6 E approximately 66NM South of Tema, Ghana.”
“The vessel was approached and fired upon by a skiff boat with eight armed perpetrators on board. The vessel then stopped and five armed pirates with AK 47 boarded the vessel.”
It added: “The pirates upon getting on board instructed the vessel to alter course further South East and remained on board until 200145 hours UTC when they finally disembarked with the five expatriate crew members kidnapped.
“The exact location of the kidnapping and disembarkation is 03 56.4 N, 000 27.5 E approximately 103NM SSE of Tema. In all the pirates spent about 6 hours onboard the vessel.”