Three crew members of the merchant ship True Confidence were killed on Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden when it was hit by a missile fired by Yemen’s Houthis – the first deadly Houthi attack on international shipping.

The attack injured 6 other sailors and the crew abandoned the vessel.

The Indian Navy today released video footage of yesterday’s dramatic rescue operationwith the assistance of helicopters and lifeboats, reporting that first aid was given to injured crew members and that the rescued sailors were flown to Djibouti.

The Houthi military spokesman, Yahya Shari, noted for his part that True Confidence was hit by “rockets” after its crew defied “warning messages”.

A total of 23 people were on board, 20 sailors and three armed guards. 15 of them were from the Philippines, four from Vietnam, two from Sri Lanka, one from India and one from Nepal.