Captain confirms hijacking

Captain confirms hijacking

27-08-2018 10:00:00

The captain of the Greek tanker Pantelena that went off the grid in West Africa has confirmed that the vessel was hijacked. According to the captain the crew that consisted of 2 Russians and 17 Georgians were held prisoners for nine days off the coast of West Africa before they were released.

In the early hours on August 14 the tanker was taken over by pirates. At that moment my assistant was steering the vessel. They held him at gunpoint, and hijacked the tanker. The pirates locked the crew inside one of the cabins where they stayed for nine days, "Captain Lasha Gadelia told Tass.

On Thursday last week, Center Regional de la Securite Maritime de l'Afrique Centrale (CRESMAC) reported that the tanker had gone off the radar due to insufficient equipment. According to the Russian embassy the reason to why the ship went off the radar is still unknown.

The Russian embassy in Gabon told Tass that the Russian members of the crew were in good condition and that they are already in contact with their families. They are currently looking into how long before they can return to their home country

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