South Korea has deployed an anti-piracy warship to the ocean off Ghana after three South Korean sailors have been kidnapped by pirates, Seoul’s overseas ministry mentioned late Saturday.
The 500-tonne Marine 711 with about 40 Ghanaian and three South Korean sailors was boarded by unidentified pirates final Monday.
The pirates seized the three South Koreans and escaped on a separate speedboat, with their present whereabouts unknown.
The Marine 711, registered in Ghana, later arrived at a port at Ghana the place the Ghanaian sailors disembarked, in keeping with the South’s Yonhap information company.
South Korea’s navy mentioned the pirates had been recognized as Nigerians, Yonhap reported. Munmu the Nice, a South Korean warship that had been concerned in anti-piracy operations within the Gulf of Aden, had been despatched to the close by sea, it mentioned.
“We’re carefully coordinating with native nations together with Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Benin in addition to the US and the EU to find our nationals and safe their launch,” the overseas ministry mentioned.
The pirates haven’t but demanded a ransom in return for the discharge of the kidnapped sailors.