A statement from Isle of Wight based Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd said pirates boarded the Cargo ship late Thursday night and took three crew members as hostage. The pirates also stole the crew’s personal belongings before leaving.
Press Statement: Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd., regrets to report that their 2008 built, UK flag, 8063 dwt operated general cargoship ‘MV Esther C’ was boarded by pirates on the evening of February 7 whilst in international waters in the Gulf of Guinea.
Having stolen personal possessions, the pirates departed the vessel taking three crew members as hostage. The safety and well-being of these seafarers is the Company’s absolute priority and all possible steps to secure their return are being taken.
The nine crew members remaining on board the vessel are reported to be safe and well. Families of all crew members have been contacted and are being kept informed of the situation.
All the appropriate authorities have been informed and are assisting.
The “MV Esther C” is under full command and has resumed passage. Another Carisbrooke vessel is preparing to rendezvous with her within 24 hours to provide support and assistance.
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