Dai Hong Dan
Dai Hong Dan underway
|Name:||Dai Hong Dan|
|Port of registry:||North Korea|
|Builder:||Chongjin Shipyard, Huichon|
|Notes:||IMO number: 7944695|
|Length:||122.1 m (401 ft)|
Dai Hong Dan is a North Korean cargo ship which was hijacked in October 2007 by pirates near Mogadishu. The crew was able to retake the ship by storming the bridge and the engineering spaces, leaving one pirate dead in the action. Six Korean sailors were also injured during the fight; three critically. The surviving pirates were rumored to have been released on a lifeboat, only for their former captors to shoot the boat below the waterline, drowning the rest of the survivors.
A United States Navy guided missile destroyer, USS James E. Williams, was the nearest coalition force in the region. After reaching the scene, James E. Williams deployed a SH-60B helicopter and a VBSS (Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure) team to secure the scene. Navy medical personnel then provided care for the injured crew members.
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