On 25 JULY 17 at 1230 UTC. A merchant vessel was approached by 9 white hulled skiffs, 10 POB in each skiff in posn 14 53N 042 27E (Bab-El- Mandeb Strait North Bound). The skiffs closed to 2 cables and ladders were sighted. AST presence deterred. Vessel is currently being followed by 5 skiffs.
Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution.
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