01 Apr '11, 4pm

Pirates attack tugboat off Pulau Tioman

Pirates attack tugboat off Pulau Tioman

SINGAPORE: Pirates armed with parangs swooped on a tugboat on March 22, just 22km off the coast of Pulau Tioman, a popular dive spot for Singaporeans. The group of more than 10 pirates, mainly Indonesians, took over the S$5.8 million tugboat called "Marina 26", as well as a barge it was pulling. The vessels had left Singapore 24 hours earlier. The pirates destroyed the tugboat's Global Positioning System device and the 10-men crew were tied up and locked up in one of the cabins. "We were all shivering," the vessel's master, Captain Amri Arsyad, 31, told MediaCorp in Bahasa Indonesian. They were held captive for two days while the pirates re-painted the vessel with leftover green paint they found onboard. The pirates then forced the crew to jump into a life-raft with some food, mineral water and their passports. The next 40 hours were hell. "We spotted a cargo ship and star...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews...

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