Russia finds missing cargo ship, ‘debriefing’ crew now

August 17, 2009

Russia (ChattahBox) — Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov announced they have found the missing cargo vessel near the Cape Verde islands and the 15-member crew had been taken on board a Russian navy vesselin good condition.

“Debriefing is under way to clarify all aspects of the disappearance and loss of signal from this vessel,” Serdyukov said.

“In the coming hours we will explain what happened with it, why communications with it were lost, why it changed its itinerary.”

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. Finnish police had reportedly gotten a ransom demand yesterday for the missing Russian-manned cargo vessel, 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. It seems that the crew now has a lot of explaining to do but it’s questionable whether we will ever know what really happened.


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