The FWN Rapide Ship
11 crew members of the Dutch sip FWN RAPIDE who were kidnapped by pirates on the 21st of April as the ship was nearing Port Harcourt has been released by their captors and are all said to be in good health having rejoined with their families.
The kidnapping was said to have occurred on the Dutch cargo ship on that fateful day when militants suspected to be pirates stormed the vessel and seized most of the crew members. Two of the crew members who hid during the episode manage to steer the ship to safety as soon as the pirates disembarked with their hostages.
One crew member who was missing after the incident and was feared either kidnapped or dead was however seen two days after the incident hiding in one the cabins during a search of the ship in the Nigerian territorial waters
Arrested Pirates in Nigeria
Forest wave, the manager of the ship confirmed the release of the hostages during the week saying all the released crew were unhurt and were subsequently discharged after medical examination to be with their family for a while to recover from the trauma of the experience.
A full text of the ship manager’s statement read “Forestwave are delighted to report that our eleven valued crew members who were taken hostage on the 21st of April, 2018 off Port Harcourt, Nigeria and spent the last 4 weeks in captivity have been released and are now safe”
“The crew are currently on their way to be reunited with their loved ones. We are extremely pleased to have been conveying this good news to all the families and friends of the seafarers”.
Pirates Flexing Muscles
“All the eleven crew members are in a relatively good condition we can authoritatively say. Forest wave would like to thank all the relevant authorities and advisors for their help in securing the release of our valued seafarers. Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to our crew who have shown such great courage and professionalism under extremely difficult circumstances of the past four weeks” added the company.