Navy combs creeks, waterways for kidnapped foreign sailors

06 August 2012, Sweetcrude, LAGOS – THE Nigeria Navy is combing the Niger Delta creeks and waterways in search of four foreigners kidnapped during an attack in Nigeria on a vessel belonging to an oil services company.

The suspected pirates stormed the vessel belonging to the Sea Trucks Group early Saturday in the Gulf of Guinea, killing two Nigerian naval guards and kidnapping four foreigners.

A naval officer, who did not want his name published, said the search had continued in the creeks and waterways.

“We are leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to get back these four foreigners who were kidnapped aboard the vessel. We are redoubling our efforts,” he said.

A spokeswoman for Sea Trucks Group, which provides support vessels to oil companies operating in Nigeria, said on Sunday that her company was focused on the safe release of the hostages.

“We are very focused on getting our crew back safely,” Corrie van Kessel told AFP on the telephone.

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  • Our prayers and best wishes are with the kidnapped victims at this trying time. We also give the Nigerian navy our best wishes and hope that their professional competence is brought to bear in salvaging the situation.