Chinese, Ghanaians, Ivorians and others nationals were among the 18 crew members on board a Chinese vessel, MV HAILUFANG II that was rescued from pirates’ attack by the Nigerian Navy (NN).
According to a statement on Monday by Commodore Ibrahim Shettima, the Commander Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, the crew members were rescued on Thursday (May 15).
He said that the rescued crew members, comprising Chinese, Ghanaians and Ivorians, were attacked by pirates off the coast of Cote d’Ivoire.
” I am here to make a brief on the rescue efforts of the Nigerian Navy in a recent pirate attack within the Gulf of Guinea (GoG). On May 15, a Chinese vessel, MV HAILUFANG II, was attacked by pirates off the coast of Cote d’Ivoire.
“The pirates took control of the vessel and directed the vessel toward Nigerian waters. The vessel had 18 crew members, comprising Chinese, Ghanaians and Ivorians,” he said.
He said that the Nigerian Navy was alerted of the attack, adding that it immediately dispatched the NNS NGURU to intercept the vessel.
“On interception of the vessel at about 140nm south of Lagos Fairway Buoy, the pirates refused to comply with the orders of the Navy Ship. Hence, the NN had to conduct an opposed boarding of the vessel. All ships crew were safely rescued, while the 10 pirates were arrested,” he said.