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Singaporean missing after pirates hijack vessel

Published on Jul 29, 2014 7:20 AM
Mr Yeo Eu Loone (left) is missing after the vessel he was on was hijacked. He is seen here with brother Eugene Yeo. -- PHOTO: EUGENE YEO

A Singaporean man on board an oil tanker is missing after the Kiribati-flagged vessel was hijacked by 10 heavily armed pirates off the coast of Ghana early Saturday morning.

The whereabouts of the 3,232-tonne tanker MT Hai Soon 6 and its 21-man crew are unknown after the vessel disappeared from maritime radars. Besides cargo officer Yeo Eu Loone, 38, there were 12 Chinese, six Myanmar nationals and two Koreans in the crew.

The vessel, which was supplying oil to barges and ships off the coast of West Africa, is owned by Singapore shipping firm Hai Soon International.

It was said to be sailing in the Gulf of Guinea when it was hijacked about 46 nautical miles south of Anloga, Ghana.

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