Pirates have freed 3 men that have been held hostage since being kidnapped by gunmen offshore Nigeria on November 17. The three men, two from the U.S., were kidnapped while working on the MV C-Endeavour, an Edison Chouest vessel working Chevron.
Little information about the kidnapping was ever released including whether the men were U.S. citizens working for Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore. Still, little is known about the mens condition or if some kind of ransom was paid for their return.
Piracy offshore Nigeria continues to rise as pirates often hijack tankers to steal crude oil cargoes.