Nigerian Pirates Release Russian, Ukrainian Sailors After Ransom Paid
Nigerian pirates have released seven Russian and one Ukrainian sailor after they were captured last month on the cargo ship BBC Caribbean, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday, citing a human rights activist in Crimea. The sailors were released after talks between the owners of the ship and pirates. Interfax news agency quoted human rights activist Pavel Butsay, in the city of Sevastopol, as saying the sailors were at a Frankfurt airport and planned to return home next week. “We have great news: our sailors are in Frankfurt (Germany) already, all are fine, the talks went successfully, all eight crew members, who have been seized, are freed now – seven Russians and one Ukrainian,” Butsay said. “Germany’s Briese Company had tough negotiations, during which jointly with the Russian embassy they undertook all necessary measures for soonest liberation.” The official said, the sailors’ families had been notified about the successful liberation. Briese Schiffahrts’ BBC Caribbean cargo vessel was attacked in Nigeria’s waters on February 5. Similarly in 2016 February, Nigerian sailors also captured a 32 year-old Russian seaman Ivan Rudny, along with his colleagues from the French vessel Bourbon Liberty 251 in the Gulf of Guinea. He was released after ransom was paid.