Suspected pirates rescued in Gulf of Aden
Seven Somali men in possession of rocket grenades and AK-47 guns were rescued by a Danish Navy ship in the pirate-plagued Gulf of Aden Wednesday, the Danish Navy told CNN.
Jesper Lynge, press officer with Danish Navy, said Thursday that the patrol craft Absalom responded to a small skiff's calls for assistance on Wednesday at about noon, approximately 75 nautical miles off the coast of Yemen.
The men rescued "are suspected to be pirates because they were carrying firearms," but the Absalom crew couldn't place the men "directly with another pirate attack in the area," Lynge said.
"These guys had been without propulsion on their small boat for several days without food or drinking water," he added.
The skiff's small engine was broken, and the Absalom crew sank the boat in order to prevent any hazardous sea traffic.