24 September 2011
No ransom was paid for the release of the Cypriot-flagged Mattheos I, although pirates who seized it stole as much as they could of the diesel fuel it was carrying as cargo, said Consultores de Navegacion spokeswoman Sheena Campbell.
One crew member was slightly injured when he was hit by a pirate, but all the other crew members are fine, she said in
The ship is now off the coast of
. The crew comprises five Spaniards, two Ukrainians and the rest Filipinos. Nigeria would not say which one was hurt. Campbell
The Spanish Foreign Ministry also confirmed the ship had been released.
The vessel was seized Sept. 14 as it idled 62 nautical miles from
Benin 's capital while transferring diesel fuel cargo to another ship. Cotonou