6 crew kidnapped
Nigerian pirate activity increasing in recent weeks.
Nigerian Pirates Kidnap Six Boxship Crewmembers
At 0600 on Saturday morning, eight pirates boarded the 3,000 TEU container ship Demeter at a position 40 nm south of Bonny Island, Nigeria. The attackers took six crewmembers hostage. All 12 remaining members of her crew are unharmed, and they navigated their vessel to safety, according to a statement from the ship manager.
The kidnapping victims include the Demeter’s cook, bosun, second engineer, second officer, captain and chief mate. Efforts to secure their release continue, and the vessel’s flag state and owner are participating.
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