22 Nov 2008

Sailors get navy convoy through pirate-infested waters

1:24 pm on 22 November 2008

Sailors in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race have been warned about the danger of pirates off the coast of Somalia and will be monitored by warships patrolling the Indian Ocean, say organisers.

The race is already considered to be one of the toughest endurance tests in the world, but this year there has been added concern because of increasing attacks by Somali pirate.

Race director Marcus Hutchinson says all 88 sailors have been briefed on the risks of piracy, with efforts made to keep them well away from the Gulf of Aden, which has seen dozens of pirate attacks this year.

Organisers have drawn a diagonal line through Mauritius with anything northwest of the line considered off-limits.