Nigerian pirates hijack ship with 16 Poles onboard
PR dla Zagranicy
The Polish Consulate in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, has confirmed that a cargo ship carrying 16 Poles has been hijacked by Nigerian pirates.
Cargo ship 'Szafir' (Sapphire). Photo: vesselfinder.com
The ship, named Szafir (Sapphire), had been sailing from the Belgian port of Antwerp to Onee in Nigeria, and it belongs to Polish company Euroafrica, based in Szczecin, north western Poland.
It is understood that the Nigerian navy is engaged in a rescue operation.
A woman whose husband is apparently onboard the vessel has told Poland's TVN 24 station that “more than a dozen sailors locked themselves in the engine room and turned off the engines.” (nh/rk)