A press release with an ever so slightly frustrated tone reaches me from the EU’s anti-piracy operation:
On December 7th 2009, EU NAVFOR Netherlands warship HNLMS Evertsen detected a sailing vessel in the Gulf of Aden. The region is considered a hotbed for piracy and is considered too dangerous for lone yachtsmen.
Fair enough. Maybe not everyone has got the message about the risks from piracy. Or maybe he thought he could skirt the danger zone by keeping well out to sea. Anyway, the warship pulled up alongside the yachtsman, who explained he was fully aware of the dangers. This is where it gets good…
Because his engine and auto steering gear had already broken down and he had no money left after being robbed in Aden to buy food and stores, a French officer of the EU NAVFOR staff on board Eversten strongly advised him to return to Djibouti and have second thoughts on his planned journey.
What a lovely piece of understatement.