Romanian sailor seized by Southwest African pirates

A Romanian sailor member of a crew sailing under a British flag attacked off the Cameroun and Nigerian coasts was taken hostage by pirate attackers, AFP reported, quoting the ship’s owner.  The cargo-ship was attacked some 136 km off the Nigerian Coast, at the sea border with Cameroun. “The  Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd. Navigation company is sad to announce that the ship MV Esther, built in 2008, which sailed under British flag was attacked by pirates in the southern area of the Gulf of Guinea  Thursday evening,” according to the ship owner’s announcement. “Having robbed the ship, the pirates kidnapped three sailors,” went on the announcement. The three crew members taken hostage are a Romanian and two Russians.  “These sailors’ lives are our absolute priority and we will do our utmost to bring them back to safety. The other nine crew members are still aboard ship and out of harm’s way,” the company announcement read, adding that the other crew members are Pilipino. The Gulf of Guinea in Southwest Africa is an area that has often witnessed piracy acts. Usually, hostages are released after ransoms are paid.

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