Three seamen kidnapped from reefer Saronic Breeze in Gulf of Guinea

The reefer Saronic Breeze was hijacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea on 70 nautical miles off Cotonou, Benin. The vessel left Cotonou anchorage and headed south, when was approached by fast boat with heavy armed men on board. The crew maneuvered to avoid boarding of the pirates, but armed men open fire against the ship and succeeded to take control.
The vessel was hijacked and crew succeeded to activate SSAS, but later the contact and lost and AIS was turned off. The Nigerian navy and local authorities dispatched rescuers and security forces to the scene of the troubled vessel. Meanwhile, the pirates robbed the ship and fled taking three hostages with them.
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