The eleven crew members that were taken hostage by pirates from FWN Rapide off Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on April 21, are alive and together, ForestWave, manager of the attacked cargo ship, said in an update.
The company has finally managed to establish contact with its crew after days of searching for the missing sailors.
“ForestWave continues doing everything possible to secure the earliest release of its seafarers which remains its absolute priority. The families of those being held are being informed regularly about the situation of their loved ones,” the company added.
The Dutch-flagged ship, built in 2005, was on its way from Takoradi, Ghana to Port Harourt, Nigeria when it came under attack from pirates.
Three crew members managed to escape pirate hands during the attack. One of the mariners was found two nights ago hiding on board the vessel.
The general cargo ship is currently in a safe position in Nigerian waters.
World Maritime News Staff