The eight crewmembers of the Greek-flagged tanker “Happy Lady,” among them five Greek nationals who had been kidnapped by pirates in an attack near the coast of Cameroon, were released on Wednesday.
The tanker was attacked while it lay at anchor two nautical miles out to sea from Cameroon’s port of Limboh in Cameroon on December 21, 2019.
The five Greek citizens include the 45-year-old captain of the ship, a 26-year-old lieutenant, a 38-year-old engineer and two sea cadets, aged 20 and 21.
Currently, they are at a Cameroon hospital undergoing general medical examinations, after which they will immediately return to Greece.
Shipping and Island Policy Minister Giannis Plakiotakis expressed his joy at the release of the Greek seamen, noting that “the coordinated efforts bore fruit. I wish them a safe trip back to Greece and to their families.”