Ship hostage drama


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7.30am, Cromarty Firth, North Scotland:

Four crew members of the Dutch-registered coaster EST are being held hostage by a fifth crew member after making allegations about them in a mayday message to Aberdeen Coastguard. The ship is anchored a mile offshore. The crew of 5 - including Dutch, Ukrainian and Filipinos - may or may not be safe as first immediate medical assistance was requested and then a lifeboat was seen to pick up people in the water.
 
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Seems it was the Ukrainian that flipped and started making hoax distress calls and trying to set off flares. The other four - all Filipinos - decided to leave him to it and jumped into the sea.
 

Erik Wood

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Ian, thanks for the information. I will do some snooping and post any good info I can find here.
 
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