Moment pirates hold ship crew at gunpoint off Gulf of Mexico as attacks increase despite quarantine
- Pirates attacked four vessels off Mexico’s Gulf Coast in the past week
- Surveillance video shows the moment two pirates forced a crew member aboard the Italian ship REMAS to kneel while one of them pointed a gun at his head
- Two crew members were injured in the incident, which took place April 9 off the coast of the port of Dos Bocas
- Three other ships that carry the flags of Dubai, Mexico and Denmark, were also attacked off the coast of Mexico
This is the frightening moment a group of pirates held a crew member hostage after raiding a ship in Mexican waters.
The incident took place last Thursday off the coast of the Mexican Gulf state of Tabasco when at least three men boarded the REMAS, an Italian vessel.
Surveillance video from the REMAS showed three masked suspects pointing and waving their gun at the vessel’s crew.
A gunman points his weapon at an Italian vessel member after at least three pirates hijacked the REMAS 76 miles off Mexico’s port of Dos Bocas last Thursday
The hijackers gestured with their hands and obligated the sailors to kneel and crouch.
Two ship crew members were repeatedly beaten and suffered head wounds, and equipment and personal belongings were stolen. The assault, however, was not visible on the video that disseminated on social media.
It was the second time in six months that the REMAS was attacked by pirates.
The attack, which took place 76 miles from the port of Dos Bocas, was among five that were reported in a span of a week.
On Thursday morning, at least five armed pirates boarded the Mexican-based Campeche Maritime Service’s Buccaneer vessel and subdued the crew of 75 before escaping with their personal belongings and equipment.
Hijackers board an Italian vessel REMAS off the Gulf of Mexico last Thursday and injured two crew members during a robbery
Dubai-based Telford Offshore said one of its ships, the offshore accommodation and hook-up unit Telford 28, was assaulted by pirates on Tuesday
Five ships were attacked in Mexican waters dating back to April 8. At least three pirates hijacked the REMAS (pictured bottom left) and left two crew members with head wounds
A Dubai-owned vessel, the offshore accommodation and hook-up unit Telford 28, was hijacked by pirates Tuesday while it was anchored in Ciudad del Carmen.
At least one crew member was hospitalized as a result of injuries suffered in the attack.
‘Our main concern and always will be is ensuring the continued safety and wellbeing of all personnel onboard our vessels,’ Telford Offshore said in a statement, according to Offshore Engineer.
‘Telford Offshore will co-operate with the relevant authorities in the follow-up of this incident to prevent any further attacks on other vessels in the area.’
Denmark’s Maersk Supply Service reported that one of its ships, the Maersk Transporter, was attacked by an armed gang on Sunday off the coast of Ciudad del Carmen.
The pirates made off with several items during the robbery.
The Panamanian pipeline-laying ship Sapura 3500 was also attacked April 8.
It is unknown if all of the attackers are from the same gang.