Indonesian tanker hijacked, 15 crew forced to lifeboat

Indonesian tanker was hijacked by pirates on Jan 30 around midday off Bitung, northern Sulawesi, Indonesia, Celebes sea, by 8 armed pirates. 14 or 15 crew were lowered to lifeboat and left behind, tanker sailed away. All were found several hours later by a fishing vessel, and rescued. Tanker is missing, search under way. Reportedly tanker is loaded with 1100 tons of fuel. The news, though in abundance, are contradicting, desultory and incomplete. Some Indonesian media say vessel was hijacked on Jan 25, some say on Jan 30. Tanker’s name is spelled differently, most often mentioned is mt Berkat Rehobot, second popular is mt Rehobot, another version is mt Rehobooth, so on and so forth. Some mention 700 gt, some 827 gt. To identify tanker is impossible, maybe later Indonesia media will come up with correct details, including tanker’s name. Indonesian Navy and police are searching for the tanker, Philippines authorities asked to assist.

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