International search for Arctic Sea ship starts in Atlantic

August 11, 2009 10:04 pm 

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LONDON, Aug. 12 — The British Coast Guard was the last to have radio contact with the Arctic Sea dry cargo vessel, as it passed through the English Channel on July 29, the London newspaper Independent said on Tuesday.

The British Coast Guard did not notice anything suspicious during the radio contact that took place at 5:30 a.m. local time, the newspaper said.

Now there is an impression that the Coast Guard officer spoke either to a sea pirate or a crewmember speaking at gunpoint, the newspaper said.

An international search for the Arctic Sea has begun along the West European coastline. This is the first vessel seized by sea pirates in that part of the world ocean, the newspaper said.

The Arctic Sea with the Russian crew of 15 and the Maltese flag was carrying timber from Finland to Algeria.

According to a report of the Maltese maritime authorities received by the Itar-Tass London office on Monday night, the ship might have been seized by sea pirates offshore Sweden in the Baltic Sea on July 24. The Independent said that from eight to ten armed persons in masks embarked the ship. Three crewmembers were injured.

All the sailors were tied up, and the ship was thoroughly searched for possible narcotic drugs. Twelve hours later, the visitors destroyed the ship radio and left.

The dry cargo ship passed through the English Channel, headed towards Portugal and disappeared. The Spanish maritime authorities said that the Arctic Sea did not pass Gibraltar and did not enter the Mediterranean Sea. (PNA/Xinhua)

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One Response to “International search for Arctic Sea ship starts in Atlantic”

  1. Joy Reed on August 13th, 2009 4:54 am

    I hope they find them soon and get them back safely.