The Nigerian Navy rescued 10 Indian seafarers over the weekend. The crew, working onboard the UAE-controlled product tanker Maximus, were believed to have been hit by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea on February 11.
India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Sunday: “We have rescued 10 Indians with the help of Nigerian Navy. We are trying to rescue 11th Indian and a Pakistani crew member from the pirates.”
The hijacking took place south of Abijan in waters belonging to the Ivory Coast.
The Gulf of Guinea has become the world’s hotspot for piracy in recent months, surpassing Southeast Asia.