Pirates Release Sailors After Collecting Ransom

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Nigerian pirates have released seven Russian and one Ukrainian sailor after they were captured last month on the cargo ship BBC Caribbean.

What happened?

Briese Schiffahrts’ BBC Caribbean cargo vessel was attacked in Nigeria’s waters on February 5. The sailors onboard the ship were taken as captives by Nigerian pirates who demanded a ranson to release them.

The sailors were released after talks between the owners of the ship and pirates.

Sailors to return home:

Interfax news agency quoted human rights activist Pavel Butsay, in the city of Sevastopol, as saying the sailors were at a Frankfurt airport and planned to return home next week.

“We have great news: our sailors are in Frankfurt (Germany) already, all are fine, the talks went successfully, all eight crew members, who have been seized, are freed now – seven Russians and one Ukrainian,” Butsay said.

“Germany’s Briese Company had tough negotiations, during which jointly with the Russian embassy they undertook all necessary measures for soonest liberation.”

The official confirmed that the sailors’ families have been notified about the successful liberation.

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Source: Ships & Ports

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