Malayali officer Vijith reveals plight of sailors held hostage in Guinea

The visual of Indian sailors / Photo: Mathrubhumi News

Kollam: Vijith V Nair of Kollam, a navigation officer, who is among the group of 16 Indian sailors allegedly held hostage by the Guinea Navy, in an exclusive interview to Mathrubhumi News revealed the depth of crisis they are in. “They told us that we would be shifted to a safer location. However, now access to food, water and mobile networks are limited,” he said.

Their ship anchored on the international maritime boundary near Nigeria on August 8. The ship crew of 26 people, including 16 Indians, was waiting for clearance when the Guinea Navy detained the ship and the crew on suspicion that they had come to steal oil, reports said.

According to Vijith, they were detained near Malabo of Bioko island. As per the video shared by him, many are seen weak and tired. “We urge the authorities concerned to rescue us at the earliest,” he added.

His revelation comes at a time when Indian authorities have been maintaining that they are closely working with authorities of Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria for the early release of crew members held in the country.

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