Eight merchant seamen aboard the Greek-flagged tanker “Happy Land” were abducted by pirates on Tuesday morning as the vessel was anchored two nautical miles from teh port of Limboh, in Cameroon.
The Greek shipping ministry announced that five of the eight are Greek nationals, with another two being Filipino nationals, and the last man from Ukraine.
One merchant seaman, identified as a 35-year-old Greek third engineer, was reportedly injured when a ricocheted bullet struck him.
The ship’s master, a 45-year-old Greek national, was among those abducted.
Greek shipping and foreign ministry officials were activated to monitor developments and liaise with the vessel’s owners.