Seven Offshore Workers Kidnapped by Pirates offshore Equatorial Guinea

Singapore based offshore vessel operator ‘Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) has confirmmed an attack involving anchor handling tug supply vessel, Pacific Warden, offshore Equatorial Guinea

According to SPO, Pacific Warden, an Anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS), was attacked offshore Equatorial Guinea on 20 November 2019 at approximately 05:00 local time.

The vessel was busy supporting offshore field operations in Equatorial Guinea.

Swire stated that, there were 15 crew members on board when this incident happen.

Eight of the offshore sailors are safely ashore and unharmed, however, Seven crew members were taken by the attackers and are missing.

The local authorities and the Navy of Equatorial Guinea responded quickly to the incident, Swire said.

Company said, “The safety of the people on board our vessel is always our top priority. SPO will do everything possible to secure the safe and timely return of the missing crew members, in coordination with their families and relevant authorities.”

SPO didn’t disclose the nationalities of missing crew and has no further details at present.


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