Posted on December 31, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after 8 seafarers got kidnapped from a product tanker anchored off the coast of Cameroon.
Date: 30th of December
Location: Cameroon, Gulf of Guinea
Position: 03°58’N – 009°05’E
The Greek-flagged Product Tanker, HAPPY LADY was attacked by pirates during the late evening hours of December the 30th while anchored off the coast of Cameroon. The incident occurred at approximately 2315 hours, while the vessel was anchored 2 miles off Limboh Terminal, Cameroon.
According to reports, a group of six, heavily armed gunmen boarded the vessel and abducted 8 seafarers before escaping. Apparently, a Greek seafarer was also injured during the attack, as he took a stray bullet fired from the pirates. He was later on taken to a local hospital.
The 8 kidnapped seafarers include 6 Greek nationals. Namely, the 45-year-old Master of the vessel, the 26-year-old 2nd Officer, the 38-year-old 2nd Engineer and two sea cadets aged 20 and 21 years respectively. Furthermore, two Philippino and one Ukrainian national were also kidnapped during the incident.
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