An Iranian and Thai fishing vessel have both been targeted by Somali pirates.

On Sunday 22nd November an Iranian fishing vessel was seized by pirates and the following day a Thai fishing vessel was also targeted by pirates.

The fishing vessels were operating approximately 200 nautical miles off of the coast of Somalia when they were attacked by pirates in small skiffs.

The Thai fishing vessel managed to escape however the Iranian fishing vessel has been seized with 15 crew on board.

The Iranian fishing vessel was last seen heading towards the Somali coastline with 3 pirates on board.

The two incidents come at a concerning time as International naval patrols face cuts and the reduction of the HRA comes into effect in under a week. The increased vulnerability of vessels could be enough to encourage dormant pirates to take to the seas again.