The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and the Zamboanga Coast Guard released that the cargo ferry Supper Shuttle RoRo 9 wasn’t attacked by pirates in Moro Gulf, but the attack was against the tug R9, which was escorting or towing her. The attack occurred on 19 nautical miles southeast off Sibago island and during it were hijacked two people from the tug, including Master and Chief Engineer. The two crew were taken in captivity by the Aby Sayaf militants, who contacted the shipowner and requested a ransom from freeing them. The convoy of cargo ferry Supper Shuttle RoRo 9 and towing tug R9 proceeded to port of Zamboanga, where the accident was reported to local authorities and were mobilized navy forces.
A few days after the attack the Master of the towing tug R9 was freed by the armed forces of the Philippines and during the operation was killed one of the Aby Sayaf militants. Joint Task Force Basilan under Colonel Juvymax Uy, with joint elements of the Naval-Intelligence Special Group-Western Mindanao, rescued kidnap victim Aurelio Agacac in waters off Barangay Basakan, Hadji Mohammed Ajul town in Basilan.
“The rescue of Aurelio Agacac is a result of a combined effort of the troops, the PNP, BPATs, CVOs, local government and the community”, said the commander of the Western Mindanao Command, Major General Carlito Galvez Jr. “We acknowledge the growing awareness and support of the people in this fight against the Abu Sayyaf. Due recognition is also given to Governor Hataman of Basilan for his unrelenting efforts to rescue the sailor”, added he.
Previously Maritime Herald released news:
Four seamen of cargo ferry Super Shuttle Roro 9 kidnapped by Aby Sayaf militants [23/03]