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Greek Sailors Held Captive by Pirates Return to Greece

A Greek bulk carrier ship at sea. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The three Greek sailors who had been held captive by pirates off the coast of Nigeria safely returned to Greece on Friday morning.

Late last week, the captain and two crew members were successfully freed from the ship, the “Stelios K,” where they had been held captive by pirates for two weeks.

The pirates had attacked the ship in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa on November 16.

While the pirates were boarding the ship, two sailors were somehow able to slip away and steer the boat to the port of Lagos, in Nigeria, where the crew was held hostage.

After being freed, the exhausted sailors were housed in a hotel in Nigeria for a week before traveling back to Greece.

After making a stop in Doha, Qatar, one sailor made his way back home to the island of Ikaria, and the two others to their homes in Athens.

In speaking to the press about their experience in captivity, the ship’s captain stated: “They treated us well, they gave us water and soup; we are fine.”

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