South Korean fishermen released by Gulf of Guinea kidnappers

Five South Korean fishermen who were kidnapped from fishing vessel Panofi Frontier (IMO 8988806) in the Gulf of Guinea a month ago have been released, according to South Korea’s ministry of foreign affairs.

The vessel was attacked 80 miles south of Lagos in the Gulf of Guinea during the afternoon of June 24th. The vessel was boarded by armed pirates, and six crew members, five Koreans and one Ghanaian, were kidnapped (IMN June 26th 2020). The Ghanaian was also reported to have been released.

The abductees were recovered from their captors on Friday July 24th at a location in Nigeria. They were reportedly to be healthy and are currently in the care of the Korean embassy.

They have been provided with the option to travel to Ghana, where their vessel is homeported. the ministry said. The Ghanaian seafarer has been transferred to Ghanaian authorities.

ICC IMB reported that the pirates departed in the direction of Nigerian territorial waters – a common pattern for abductions in the Gulf of Guinea. The pirates left 24 crew members on board.

The Panofi Frontier boarding was the seventh reported incident off Cotonou so far this year.

1987-built, Ghana-flagged, 994 gt Panofi Frontier is owned and managed by Panofi Co Ltd of Tema, Ghana.