Belgian ship sends distress signal in pirate waters
A Belgian ship sent a distress signal in pirate-infested waters off east Africa Saturday, authorities said, adding that contact had since been lost with the vessel.BRUSSELS - Benoit Ramacker, spokesman for the Belgian government's crisis centre, said the Pompei, with a crew of two Belgians and a number of other nationalities, had transmitted an alarm at 0430 GMT, followed by another half-an-hour later.
The double alert is a standard practice linked to anti-terrorism measures, according to the crisis centre.
Ramacker said that senior government and shipping officials had convened an emergency meeting in Brussels.
Belgian broadcasting media reported earlier that a Belgian dredger with a crew of two Belgians and several Dutch sailors had been victim of an act of piracy off Somalia.