Sailors kidnapped by pirates in Malayali

By Piracy

The 2 suspected youths from Kerala are among the twenty-two sailors held captive by Somalian pirates on board a United Arab Emirates chemical oil tanker, MT Royal Grace, on March 2.
They are Dipin Devis, twenty-two, of Erangattu Parambil at Mapranam and Stalin Vincent, twenty-one, of Mangalath in Thelappilly near Irinjalakkuda in Thrissur. The parents of the sailors have filled a complaint with the state administration.
“We came to know about this acccident from his friends,” said the mother of Dipin. “My son’s friends told me that the vessel was kidnapped by pirates. When contacted, the shipping company refused to say anything,” she said.
It was Dipin’s first trip on board the ship. After completing his G.P writing course successfully, he went to Dubai on January 29, and joined the Oasis cargo and shipping company there with the help of an agent in Kochi.
“He called us at least once in a week” says Shaija. “His last call was on February twenty-eight, when he was leaving for Nigeria and said he would call us after forty-five days. I hope my son is safe,” she says.
Stalin Vincent made his last call to his parents on February 28.
News portal SomaliReport said, ‘The ship kidnapped by pirates is brought to the Somali coast’. “The hijacking of MT Royal Grace brings to a total of twenty-one the number of ocean-going ships being held captive by Somali pirates, and this involves the lives of 289 hostages,” the portal said.
The crew comprised Indians, Pakistanis and Nigerians. The vessel was kidnapped 200 NM off Oman’s southern coast, reports said.