New Delhi,Nov.26 : The Indian Navy has defended its action in sinking a pirate ship in the Gulf of Aden waters near Somalia.
The pirate ship was originally a Thai fishing boat.
The Ekawat Nava 5 was captured by pirates on November 18 and the crew was tied up, the BBC quoted officials of the International Maritime Bureau, as saying.
The Indian Navy claimed that the ship was a pirate vessel in "description and intent" and it had opened fire first on the INS Tabar .
At least one crewperson was discovered alive after remaining adrift for six days. Fourteen others are still missing.
India is one of several countries currently patrolling the Gulf of Aden, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, amid increasing attacks by Somali pirates.
Almost 40 ships have been seized this year, the biggest being the Saudi oil tanker, Sirius Star, which is still being held off the Somali coast.