Ransom demanded for Missing Cargo Ship According to Finnish Authorities

August 15, 2009

Russia (ChattahBox) – More intrigue in the case of the missing Maltese vessel that disappeared last week under mysterious circumstances.  Carrying timber reportedly worth $1.8m, the ship named the ‘Arctic Sea’ sailed from Finland and had been scheduled to dock in the Algerian port of Bejaia on 4 August.

Yesterday the ship was allegedly spotted, about 400 nautical miles off the coast of Cape Verde, which has not been confirmed.  And now Finnish police have gotten a ransom demand for the missing Russian-manned cargo vessel, the Arctic Sea, sent to the ship’s Finnish owners, Finland’s the National Bureau of Investigation said. Authorities said the ransom demand might be from a second group of hijackers who targeted the ship after it was first allegedly hijacked for 12 hours off the coast of Sweden. The crew had previously reported they were attacked in Swedish waters four days before the ship disappeared on July 28, by a dozen masked men who boarded the ship, interrogated them under restraint and physical torture about drug trafficking, before searching the freighter and leaving.  A Finnish radio station said it had been told the 15 crew members’ lives have been threatened if the ransom is not paid.


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