Fifteen Filipino seafarers of a Greek-owned tanker were rescued by Nigerian naval forces a day after pirates hijacked the Filipinos’ ship last month, the Department of Foreign Affairs official said on Friday.
The DFA, quoting the seamen’s local manning agency, said the MT Norte was seized by armed men on the night of August 16 in Nigerian waters but was rescued the following day after Nigerian forces launched the operation against the pirates.
The seamen were “unharmed and safe” and were brought to the Nigerian Naval Base in Warri state for debriefing.
Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said the Filipinos were on their way to Lagos.
“We have instructed our embassy to visit the seafarers once they arrive Lagos and extend the necessary assistance to them,” Hernandez said.
BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON