Vessel was crusing from Lagos to Cape City when it was attacked northwest of Sao Tome and Principe.

Pirates attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the West African coast, kidnapping 15 sailors and killing one, and Turkey’s navy was planning a rescue operation on Sunday.

Turkey’s Maritime Directorate mentioned the crew initially locked themselves in a protected space however the pirates pressured entry after six hours. Throughout the wrestle, one crew member on board the M/V Mozart died.

Turkish media recognized the sufferer as engineer Farman Ismayilov of Azerbaijan, the one non-Turkish crew member.

After taking many of the crew on Saturday, the pirates left the ship within the Gulf of Guinea with three sailors on board, state-run Anadolu information company mentioned. The vessel is presently heading to Gabon’s Port-Gentil.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke twice to the senior officer remaining on the ship, Furkan Yaren, the Turkish presidency mentioned in a tweet. It added Erdogan issued orders for the restoration of the kidnapped crew.

Yaren was cited as saying the pirates beat crew members, and left him with an injured leg whereas one other nonetheless aboard the ship had shrapnel wounds.

“The homeowners and operators of the M/V Mozart, which was hijacked at gunpoint within the Gulf of Guinea, have regretfully confirmed that one in all its crew has been killed and others kidnapped,” Istanbul-based Boden Maritime mentioned in a press release.

Most harmful sea

The Liberian-flagged Mozart was crusing from Lagos, Nigeria, to Cape City in South Africa when it was attacked 100 nautical miles (185km) northwest of the island nation of Sao Tome and Principe on Saturday morning.

Turkish Minister of International Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke to his Azerbaijani counterpart to supply condolences and mentioned the physique of the crew member can be transferred when the Mozart reaches port.

In response to experiences, the pirates disabled many of the ship’s methods, leaving solely the navigation system for the remaining crew to seek out their option to port.

The Gulf of Guinea – off the coasts of Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Benin and Cameroon – is essentially the most harmful sea on this planet due to piracy, based on the Worldwide Maritime Bureau.

In July 2019, 10 Turkish seamen had been kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria. They had been launched lower than a month later.