Kidnapped seafarers freed

The eight crew belonging to the BBC Caribbean heavylifter nabbed by pirates off the Nigerian coast last month have been released.

The men – seven Russians and a Ukrainian – were kidnapped on February 5 in the Niger Delta region.

It was not clear whether a ransom was paid to secure the men’s freedom.

All of them have now left Nigeria to head to their homes, the Russian embassy in Nigeria said yesterday.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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