Posted on August 14, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The 10 seafarers abducted from the Turkish-flagged General Cargo Ship Paksoy 1 on July 13th have been released by their captors following a ransom payment.
The Turkish news site, Anadolu Agency, received news of their release on Friday the 9th of August. According to AA, all seafarers are in good health and have successfully arrived in Istanbul where they were greeted by their families.
The kidnapping originally occurred during the evening of July the 13th. The Paksoy was sailing off the coast of Nigeria when a group of pirates attacked the vessel, taking 10 crewmembers with them in the process.
News reports suggest that the vessel owner travelled to Nigeria, alongside a number of lawyers in order to negotiate the release of the captive crewmen.
According to the lawyer in charge of the negotiations, following the kidnapping, the crewmembers were taken to a wooded area in the Nigerian state of Bayelsa. They were forced to live together in a hut, in what the seafarers described as “difficult conditions”, but thankfully, they were not physically harmed in the process.
The pirates made initial contact, a full week after the event. Sources suggest that the pirates prolonged the process in order to gain an advantage in negotiations and keep the ransom amount relatively high.
Thankfully, all sailors are now considered safe and in good health and have all returned home to their families.
The Turkish sailors were identified as Huseyin Zabun, Hakan Cakar, Serdar Cetinkaya, Ersin Yilmaz, Mucahid Sener, Hasan Huseyin Karakurt, Umit Tokgoz, Tezcan Selcuk, Ibrahim Arsoy and Cumhur Akpinar.