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Nigerian navy rescues kidnapped crew

17 November 2017

The Nigerian Navy rescued 10 crew members who had been kidnapped by pirates around 17 nautical miles off Bonny Island, Nigeria on 11 November.

The armed pirates had boarded the United Kingdom-flagged bulk carrier Venus Bay, entered the bridge and fired their weapons, damaging the bridge windows. They stole ship's property and crew personal belongings, and then kidnapped 10 crew and escaped in their boat. The pirates were intercepted by two Nigerian navy vessels, who rescued the crew and detained five men. A naval escort stayed with the Venus Bay, with armed guards on board, until it berthed at Port Harcourt on 12 November.

The attack took place in waters at high risk of piracy, with the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) issuing warnings to shipping about this area, based on its collection of reports of piracy and armed robbery to its 24-hour Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC). Other recent incidents reported worldwide include the following. 


All attacks and suspicious sightings should be reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, tel: +603 2031 0014 (24 hours), email:


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