After 5-day captivity, Georgian sailors, who were detained in Nigeria by pirates, are set free and returning home. The exact date of return of Georgian sailors to Georgia is unknown yet.
The armed Nigerians agreed to exchange the crew members into a fuel after long negotiations. The ship was also returned to its owner.
The Georgian side was actively involved in the negotiation process. The ship Cape Bird sailing under the flag of Marshal Islands was detained on October 9. 20 people were taken as hostages. The captain and 11 sailors were Georgian citizens.
The ship belonged to Columbia Shipment Company. The ship loaded with fule was sailing from Rotterdam to Nigeria, Africa.