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Seychelles issues clarification on reported piracy incident

Seychelles issues clarification on reported piracy incident ( Internet news sources have been reporting that pirates hijacked a yacht in Seychelles waters with three passengers onboard this week.

The Seychelles Coast Guard and the EU NAVFOR Atalanta representative in Seychelles have confirmed that the yacht was not taken hostage in Seychelles waters, as reported by Agence France Presse, which quotes a pirate in the Somali port of Harardere.

The Seychelles is clarifying that the incident took place in Kenyan waters, and subsequently the captain of the ship was rescued by an EU NAVFOR warship, while two passengers were taken to Somalia.

The pirates are most probably using the word “Seychelles” to grab media attention, and, therefore, journalists need to be cautious of the reports they obtain on the Internet, particularly when pirates are quoted as sources.

Alain St.Ange CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board Email:

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