Brussels: Pirates on Wednesday hijacked a
Malta-flagged cargo ship carrying a crew of 15 Georgians and
three Turks in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, the European
Union`s anti-piracy mission said.
A US warship deployed a helicopter to check on the
ship after several unsucessful attemps to make contact with
the Olib G, a 6,375-tonne vessel that was carrying a cargo of
ballast, the EU mission said in a statement.
"The helicopter was able to identify two pirates on
board," the EU Naval Force Somalia said.
The ship had been sailing west in the
internationally recommended transit corridor, an area where
international navies coordinate the patrol of maritime
transits, the statement said.