Unsuccessful attack on merchant vessel 12om SW of Salalah- 23 October 2013

Various sources report that a vessel, identified as CHARLOTTE, was attacked by pirates whilst on passage 120 m southwest of Salalah around sunset Wednesday, 23 October. Details are limited, but according to reports, the vessel issued a distress call on VHF Channel 16 and assistance was requested from warships in the vicinity. Further details are awaited. At this stage, it seems that the incident was not reported by the official reporting bodies.