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(GEN) SOMALI PIRATES' FAIL TO HIJACK TURKISH SHIP WHEN CREW LOCK THEMSELVES IN PANICK ROOM.

IZMIR, Nov 28, 2010 (TUR) -- Somali pirates attempted to hijack a Turkish cargo ship named "M/V August 26" Saturday night as it was sailing in the Indian Ocean.

Pirates' hijacking attempt failed, when the crew was quick enough to sound the distress signal and lock themselves in the panick room. The Somali pirates fled the ship upon seeing the arrival of NATO Vessels who came to rescue "M/V August 26" upon reading the distress signal.

"M/V August 26" which belongs to the Nemtas Maritime Services owned by leading Turkish lender Is Bankasi, was carrying wheat from the Black Sea to Bangladesh. The ship was attacked by pirates, 200 nautical miles East of the Sokotra Island in the Indian Ocean. The crew who noticed the pirates instantly sounded the distress signal and locked themselves up in the panick room which is designed to impervious to attacks from outside.

As the pirates who climbed to the ship realised they can't take hostages, they fled the ship upon seeing the arrival of the NATO vessels.

The crew emerged from the panick room when a U.S. Warship reached their vessel. Officials said "M/V August 26" would set sail for Bangladesh upon completion of legal procedures.

(OZG-E)

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Date:Nov 28, 2010
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