After spending two weeks in uncertain conditions somewhere in Nigeria, the 7-person crew of the Bourbon Liberty have been released by their captors. The 7 crew members, 6 Russians and 1 Estonian, were abducted during the boarding of the Bourbon Liberty 249 off the coast of Nigeria on October 15, 2012.
No specifics regarding ransom demands or the conditions of their release have been made public.
According to a statement to the press today, Bourbon’s Emergency Unit in Nigeria is currently looking after the recovered sailors where they are undergoing careful medical and psychological check-ups. All appear to be in good health and will be returning to their home countries in short order.
Bourbon extended their thanks to the organizations who, along with the Emergency Unit, have worked towards this liberation, including the Nigerian local authorities (Police, Special Security Services and Joint Task Force) as well as the Nigerian, Russian, Estonian, Luxemburg and French Governments.
BOURBON will not make any comment.