Posted on March 22, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked a vessel off the Coast of Nigeria.
Category: Attack/Alleged Kidnapping
Date: 20th of March
Location: Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea
Position: 04°26N - 008°21E
In the early morning hours of March 20th, a RoRo vessel carrying passengers was attacked while transiting off the Coast of Nigeria. The attack took place some 30 nautical miles off the coast, in the Calabar region of Nigeria. At approximately 06:00 am UTC, the vessel was attacked by 7 pirates in a skiff, armed with AK-47s.
They boarded the vessel and proceeded to rob both passengers and crewmembers. Allegedly, initial reports suggest that the pirates kidnapped 5 individuals before leaving the scene.
The vessel has since then berthed safely at the Shoreline Jetty in Calabar, as of 10:30 UTC.
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