Six Kidnapped Seafarer Freed

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On November 13, six crew members of a cargo ship who were reportedly kidnapped last month have been released by the pirates.

What happened?

The crew members of ‘Demeter’ were kidnapped by pirates last month off the coast of Nigeria’s Port Harcourt. They had reportedly spent two and half weeks in captivity before being released.

The Liberian-registered vessel had been sailing from the Equatorial Guinean capital Malabo to Monrovia when they were attacked by an armed criminal gang off the southeastern port of Onne.

Statement released:

The company spokesperson released a statement, “Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG are pleased to report that the six crew members of her container vessel Demeter who were taken hostage on October 21 and have spent the past two and a half weeks in captivity, were released and are now safe. Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG wishes to thank all the relevant authorities for helping to secure the release of our much valued seafarers”.

However the details regarding the rescue have not been revealed by both the company and the Nigerian authorities. The rescued seamen are reported to be safe and sound, though their nationalities remain unknown.

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Source: News 24

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