The Polish Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday, December 19, that all of the crewmembers kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea off Nigeria in October have been released. According to a ministry statement, the 11 victims, including eight Polish nationals, are safe and being reunited with their families. Further details regarding the release of the hostages have not been released.
Pirates kidnapped the 11 crewmembers after attacking their ship some 65 km (40 nautical mi) off the Nigerian coast on October 27. There is a high risk of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. According to the US Maritime Administration (MARAD), nearly 100 incidents of piracy and armed robbery, including 29 abductions, were reported in the area in 2017.
Maritime travelers in the region are advised to remain vigilant for the approach of suspicious ships while aboard vessels, monitor developments to the regional security environment, and report all incidents to the nearest authorities. Pirates and other criminals are often armed; do not resist if confronted.
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