The captain and crewman of the Water Phoenix cargo ship were kidnapped in a pirate attack off the coast of Nigeria. This was reported by Nigerian Tribune, citing the company Praesidium International, which provides maritime security in the region.
There were 18 people on board Water Phoenix: 7 Russian and 11 Philippine nationals. All of them, except the kidnapped, were able to take shelter in a specially equipped room.
The attack took place 34 nautical miles south of Lagos, the country’s largest port. Water Phoenix belongs to the Dutch transport company Seatrade Groningen, the ship was sailing under the flag of Liberia.
The Russian embassy in Nigeria confirmed that diplomats know about the attack on the ship, now diplomats are clarifying information about the abduction of Russian citizens.