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Somali pirates promising to kill Georgian sailors2010-11-17 12:13
According to the father of one of the captured Georgian mariners, Somali pirates promised to kill the crew of the captured Oilib G Maltese vessel if the money demanded for their release is not paid, GHN reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Should their demands be unfulfilled, the pirates will start killing the crew one by one and then sink the ship", - he told.
Earlier, Head of Batumi naval administration Suliko Surmanidze stated that negotiations with the Somali pirates on the release of 15 captive Georgian mariners have come to a deadlock, for Tbilisi is demanded to pay one million dollars.
"The Georgian sailors are in a tough situation; however, their liberation seems to be impossible in the nearest time, for the demanded sum does not satisfy the Georgian side", - he underlined.
Let us remind you that on September 8, Somali pirates captured Oilb G tanker flying the flag of Malta. The crew consisted of 15 Georgians and three citizens of Turkey. At the moment of attack, the vessel was inside the corridor recommended for civil ships' movement in the waters of the dangerous Gulf of Aden.
The last event reported by the tanker crew before being captured was that the ship was approached by a motor boat. After that, communication was lost. The captain of Prinston American ship taking part in the anti-pirate operation sent a helicopter to the scene, and the pilots saw two pirates on board Oilb G from the air.