UPDATE: PIRATES KIDNAP TWO RUSSIAN CREW MEMBERS ABOARD WATER PHOENIX
Eons Intelligence has confirmed that pirates in the early hours of Tuesday successfully attacked Vessel Water Phoenix with IMO number 9045168 and kidnapped two Russian crew members.
Recall that Eons Intelligence reported that the Liberian flagged Water Phoenix vessel was attacked by an undisclosed number of people on September 8, 2020.
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Report indicates that 16 out of 18 crew members made it to the citadel safely. The vessel master and another were abducted by the pirates.
Water Phoenix Source: Ulrich Klumb MarineTraffic.com
The attack occurred on Lagos waters, totalling 13 number of reported pirate attacks on Lagos waters in the last 12 months according to Dryad Global, a UK based maritime security firm.
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So far, 93 crew personnel have been kidnapped from vessels in incidents off West Africa in 2020, the firm stated.