Special forces deployed as seafarer runs amok
Incident highlights mental health issues at sea.
Special forces deployed as seafarer runs amok, threatening to kill crew and torch ship
Portuguese maritime police stormed a Liberian flagged general cargo ship yesterday after a sailor of Turkish origin ran amok, brandishing knives and an axe and threatening to set fire to the vessel.
The 4,757 dwt Celine (built 2011) was passing through international waters off Sesimbra in Portugal when local authorities received messages from the ship’s bridge of the carnage ensuing. The ship, owned by Turkey’s Vento Deniz Isletmeleri, was headed to the North African port of Ceuta carrying wood pulp.
At about 11 am on Wednesday, the Naval Command received a warning notice about a mutiny aboard, involving one rampaging crewmember, according to a joint statement of the Navy and the National Maritime Authority.
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