7 Crew members were Kidnapped from Bourbon AHTS Off Nigeria

By Piracy

There are 7 crew members from a Bourbon Offshore AHTS that have been kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria, the French offshore services company informed on Wednesday.
Bourbon says that the kidnapped seven seamen – 6 Russians and 1 Estonian – were kidnapped during a boarding of the Bourbon Liberty 249 on 15th of October, 2012 in Nigeria. There have also been nine other people who were on the board of the vessel at the time and are still with the ship that is heading for the Port of Onne. The 9 crew members are said to be safe and in good health condition.
“The emergency unit has been set up to aim at their quick liberation under the safest security conditions,” the company told in its statement.
The accident is the latest in a number of attacks off the coast of Nigeria and in the Gulf of Guinea.
Kidnappings of sailors for ransom in the oil-rich Niger Delta aren't all that uncommon. In November, 3 sailors from an Edison Chouest Offshore supply ship were kidnapped in a similar attack off the coast of Nigeria. The men were returned after some weeks, unharmed. The conditions of their return, including whether or not a ransom was paid, were never disclosed.
In 2010, 3 French crew members were kidnapped off a Bourbon-operated vessel off coast of Nigeria and were later released.
This week’s accident has been confirmed by the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry who stated that the pirates escaped into Nigerian territory after the kidnapping, and are probably to demand a ransom.