The crew of a ship passing through the southern Philippines repelled a pirate attack on Friday using boiling water mixed with oil.
Twenty-seven sailors aboard the general cargo vessel Kudos 1 managed to stop 12 armed pirates trying to board the ship in the Basilan sea. The Philippines Coast Guard reports the pirates shot at the ship with two of seafarers slightly injured.
Coast Guard Western Mindanao Command Chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez praised the courage of the sailors.
“We were pleased that the crew did not lose their presence of mind,” he said in a statement.
“Their raw courage enabled them to pour hot water to the pirates who were already attempting to climb the vessel.”
Coast Guard and Navy vessels rushed to the scene after receiving a distress signal, and escorted the ship to safety.
The Philippine-flagged vessel was carrying steel bound for Manila from the southern Davao port when attacked.
The southern Philippines remains one of the world’s hotspots for pirate attacks.