Exclusive VIDEO: EU Navy captured 7 pirates, destroyed their boat

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NAPLES, Italy — The European Union Naval Force caught 7 suspected for piracy and destroyed their small boat off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday night.
Seamen on the EU Naval Force’s flagvessel, ITS San Giusto, have decided to investigate the skiff after observing a ladder and roughly 20 storage drums on the board of the pirates' boat. The drums were full of fuel and water, vital supplies for pirates at open sea. The ladder was also a clue that the ship was likely a pirate vessel, told Lt. Cmdr. Jacqueline Sherriff, who is a spokeswoman for the EU Naval Force.
“Fishermen do not usually carry ladders,” she told.
EU forces boarded the boat, apprehended the men and destroyed the ship to prevent it from being used in a future attack, Sherriff stated.
“These things cost money, so we are trying to take away the reward of piracy,” she also informed.
The suspected pirates were still being held on the board of the EUNAVFOR vessel the San Giusto as of Thursday afternoon.
The end of the summer monsoon season in the Indian Ocean might result in a new wave of attacks of pirates, threatening commercial and military ships in this zone, according to EU Naval Force officials.
Rear Adm. Duncan Potts, the force’s officer, told it was the 1st sighting of a pirate vessel near Somalia in more than 3 months — a sign, he told, that lots of pirates were waiting out the dangerous rain storms before returning to sea.
“We knew as the monsoon time ended this month that pirates would try their luck at sea and this is why we have constantly warned against complacency,” Potts told, according to an EU Naval Forces news release.
There have been more than 220 piracy attacks reported worldwide this year as of late September, which includes 24 hijackings, according to the International Maritime Bureau, which tracks piracy trends.
In last weeks, pirates in Indonesia took equipment from a container vessel and fled without being captured, while pirates in Malaysia tied up twelve crewmembers on a tanker vessel and swiped their money and personal belongings, according to the maritime bureau.
There were over 270 accidents in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean alone in 2009, when a growing number of piracy attacks attracted worldwide attention.