Saronic Breeze reefer hijacked off Benin; three crew taken hostage

Saronic-Breeze

Reefer Saronic Breeze was hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, 70 nautical miles off Cotonou, Benin.

The vessel left Cotonou and headed south, when it was approached by a fast boat with heavy armed men on board. Armed men open fire against the ship and succeeded to take control.

The vessel was hijacked and the crew succeeded to activate SSAS.

The Nigerian navy and local authorities dispatched rescuers and security forces to the scene of the troubled vessel. Meanwhile, the pirates reportedly robbed the ship and fled taking three hostages with them.

The other crew was released unharmed.

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