Hijacked Captain suing Chevron
C-Retriever Captain takes legal action.
Captain Blames Chevron for Torture by Pirates
By CAMERON LANGFORD
HOUSTON (CN) – Chevron ignored threats from Nigerian pirates who hijacked its supply boat, took the captain hostage and tortured him for 18 days in a filthy and mosquito-infested camp, the traumatized captain claims in court.
Wren Thomas sued Chevron USA and Edison Chouest Offshore LLC, on Oct. 16 in Harris County Court.
Thomas claims that in July 2011 Edison Chouest made him captain of its 200-foot vessel, the C-Retriever, tasked with supporting Chevron drilling off Nigeria’s coast.
Chevron and Edison Chouest, or ECO, were well aware that pirates patrolled the area, because pirated had stormed ECO’s vessel Fast Servant in 2010, beat two U.S. captains and stole the boat’s equipment, Thomas says.
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