Kidnapped Crew Members Finally Released

Nigerian Pirates

Published May 11, 2015 8:49 PM by The Maritime Executive

Three Nigerian crew members that were kidnapped in April were released exactly one month after their intial capture. French oil services company Bourbon said on Monday that the three people kidnapped after one of its speedboats was boarded off the Nigerian coast on April 8 had been released.

"They are in good health and arrived at Port Harcourt on May 8," Bourbon said in a brief statement. “This news comes as a great relief to all Bourbon employees as a whole, who share the joy of the families.”

The crew members had been abducted on board a Surfer 1440 boat.

Bourbon operates a fleet of light, fast cruisers called Surfers that are used to move professionals to offshore oil and gas sites, especially in West Africa. This type of speed boat can carry up to 20 people and light packages to the oil facilities.