Pirates attacked the ship Rio Mitong off the coast of Equatorial Guinea and reportedly abducted a Ukrainian sailor. The director of the Consular Service Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Serhiy Pohoreltsev said this in a comment to Ukrinform.
According to the diplomat, a pirate attack occurred on May 10 near the port of Malabo (Equatorial Guinea); Rio Mitong sailed under the flag of the Comoros, and thge shipowner was Belgian company Smart S & P SA.
"According to preliminary information, as a result of the attack, one citizen of Ukraine, a crew member of the vessel, was captured and taken to an unknown destination," Pohoreltsev noted.
He said that the Embassy of Ukraine in Belgium is establishing contact with the shipowner and the operator of the vessel regarding verification of this information and clarification of the circumstances of the case. In addition, the Ukrainian Embassy in Senegal, which is responsible for Equatorial Guinea, and the Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria, which is the closest diplomatic institution to the scene, applied to the local competent authorities to confirm the capture of a Ukrainian citizen.
As we reported before, a Ukrainian citizen was captured due to the attack of pirates on the Tommi Ritscher ship. The raid took place off the coast of Benin, in Africa.