One of the 12 crew members of the Dutch-flagged ship; FWN Rapide who were last reported missing after the general cargo ship was attacked by Nigerian pirates four days ago has been found hiding on board the stricken vessel.
The vessel and the crew were taken by pirates while the ship was preparing to enter Port Harcourt habours last weekend.
FWN Rapide is a 2005-built vessel and was on its way from Takoradi, Ghana to Port Harcourt, Nigeria went it came under attack.
The ship’s managers, Dutch-based ForestWave, said in an update that the crew member was found late last night during a search of the vessel, which is currently in a safe position in Nigerian waters.
FWN Rapide was moved to the location by two of the remaining seafarers that managed to escape the pirates.
Reacting on the found crew, the company said, “the valued seafarer who has been hiding on board of the vessel following an attack by pirates on Saturday, April 21 is unharmed and in a healthy and good condition”.
ForestWave added that it was still unable to establish contact with the 11 crew members who are still missing.
“Their safety and swift return remain the company’s main priority,” the company added.
ForestWave had on Monday confirmed that following an attack by pirates in the early hours of Saturday, April 21 off the coast of Nigeria, a total of 12 crewmembers had been taken from its general cargo vessel FWN Rapide.
The company confirmed that two of the remaining seafarers are safe and unhurt and that FWN Rapide has been moved to a safe position.