A boarding team from the European Union Naval Force flagship ITS San Giusto apprehended seven suspected pirates Wednesday off the coast of Somalia. The boat was destroyed by an explosion.
Sailors on the San Giusto decided to investigate the skiff after observing a ladder and roughly 20 storage drums onboard. The drums were full of fuel and water, vital supplies for pirates at sea. The ladder was also a clue that the vessel was likely a pirate ship, said Lt. Cmdr. Jacqueline Sherriff, a spokeswoman for the EU Naval Force.
“Fishermen don’t generally carry ladders,” she said.