Kidnapped Hostages Released from a Cargo Ship


Pirates have released hostages who were kidnapped from a cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria.

What happened?

On May 24, the pirates released eleven hostages kidnapped from a Dutch cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria in March.

The crew members of the cargo ship ‘FWN Rapide’ were attacked by pirates when it was nearing Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Two additional crew members escaped the kidnapping and steered the vessel to a safe location after the pirates disembarked with the hostages. Another crew member was found safe hiding on board the vessel some two days following the attack.

Statement released

The spokesperson said, “ForestWave are delighted to report that our eleven valued crew members who were taken hostage on April 21 off Port Harcourt, Nigeria and spent the last 4 weeks in captivity have been released and are now safe,” the company said in a statement issued Wednesday. “The crew are currently on their way to be reunited with their loved ones. We are extremely pleased to have been conveying this good news to all the families and friends of our seafarers. All eleven crew members are in a relatively good condition, the company said”.

He further added, “ForestWave would like to thank all the relevant authorities and advisors for their help in securing the release of our valued seafarers. Finally we would like to express our gratitude to our crew who have shown such great courage and professionalism under the extremely difficult circumstances of the past four weeks”.

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