Posted on December 17, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
European Products Carrier Ltd. announced during a press release on December the 13th that the kidnapped crew members of the ELKA ARISTOTLE have officially been released.
European Products Carrier Ltd. is the parent company of European Navigation, the Greek-based company that operates the Greek-flagged Oil Tanker, Elka Aristotle, whose crewmembers got kidnapped during an attack off Lome, Togo on November the 4th.
According to the company, three of the kidnapped crew members have been released, and are safe and in good health. They’ve undergone their health checks and are currently being debriefed by the local authorities before returning to their homes.
However, a fourth kidnapped seafarer, a Filipino national, died while in captivity.
Currently, a full investigation has been launched in order to determine the exact circumstances of his death. However, initial reports suggest that he died due to illness and not due to a direct act by the pirates.
The attack on Elka Aristotle originally occurred during the early morning hours of November the 4th, when a group of armed pirates attacked the vessel just 10 nautical miles off the coast of Lome, Togo.
The vessel had an armed guard onboard at the time, but he proved ineffective in stopping the pirates. He was shot and wounded during the incident, and the pirates made off with 4 of the ship’s crewmembers.
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