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Force Recon Marines Rescue Pirated Ship Off Coast Of Yemen

Marines seize ship from pirates

Marines in inflatable boats approach the Magellan Star to take the container ship back from Somali pirates who had commandeered it. (U.s. Navy)

By Craig Whitlock
Friday, September 10, 2010

U.S. Marines rescued a hijacked German-owned cargo ship off the coast of Yemen on Thursday, boarding the vessel as dawn broke and apprehending nine pirates without firing a shot.

Two dozen Marine commandos took control of the Magellan Star, a container ship en route from Spain to Vietnam, by swarming the decks and surrounding the armed pirates before they had time to react, U.S. military officials said. The pirates, all Somali nationals, will remain in custody of the U.S. Navy until officials can decide whether they should be prosecuted or released.

"The pirates were definitely overmatched,

Added: Sep-12-2010 Occurred On: Sep-10-2010
By: marinemom
Middle East
Tags: U.S. Marines, USMC, U.S. Navy, pirates, piracy, Yemen, Somalia, rescue
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