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Lifeboats from pirated MV Albedo spotted, crew remain missing

Lifeboats from pirated MV Albedo spotted, crew remain missing
EU Naval Force maritime patrol aircraft have spotted the lifeboats from the pirated containership MV Albedo, which sank at the weekend.

EU Navfor said the patrol aircraft had sighted two lifeboats on a Somali beach about 14 miles north of where the MV Albedo sank. “No members of the MV Albedo crew or pirates were sighted in or near the lifeboats,” it said.

The Malaysian-flagged containership was seized by Somali pirates in November 2010, it sank in heavy seas on 6 July this year. The vessel had 15 crew held hostage onboard at the time of the sinking.

 “We call on the pirates holding the MV Albedo crew to release them immediately. They have been held hostage against their will since November 2010 and have now had to try and escape from their sinking ship. Our thoughts go out to them and their families,” said the Somali Contact Group on Counter Piracy and Maritime Security.

The MV Albedo had a 23 crew, from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Iran when it was seized in November 2010, but seven men were freed after a ransom of $1.1m was paid.