Hijacked U.S. ship found in Nigeria, two American crew missing

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Lagos, Nigeria (4E) – Nigeria’s navy has found the U.S. ship hijacked by suspected pirates in the Gulf of Guinea on Wednesday but the two American crews taken hostage remain missing.

The 221-foot oilfield supply ship C-Retriever was found Friday somewhere off Bonny in southern Nigeria, Nigerian navy spokesman Kabiru Aliyu said.

The navy deployed search and rescue teams to the creeks to look for the kidnapped Americans, Aliyu said.

Pirates left nine crews aboard the ship and took only the American captain and chief engineer ashore. But Aliyu did not give details about the conditions of the other crews.

C-Retriever owner Edison Chouest Offshore based in Louisiana remained silent Friday about the incident. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday no further information was available but U.S. officials in Nigeria had been in touch with their local counterparts.

The hijacking of the C-Retriever off the coast of Brass and kidnapping of its two crew members were the latest piracy incident in the Gulf of Guinea, where 62 pirate attacks were reported in 2012.

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