ABIDJAN Feb 6 A Luxembourg-flagged,
French-owned products tanker hijacked by suspected Nigerian
pirates off Ivory Coast at the weekend has been released, and
its 17-person crew is safe, the vessel's owner said on
SEA-Tankers, which owns the vessel Gascogne, lost contact
with the ship on Sunday morning.
"SEA-Tankers are pleased to report that product tanker
Gascogne has been released," the company said in a statement.
"SEA-Tankers are very pleased all 17 seafarers are reported
safe, however sadly two seafarers were injured during the
incident but are being taken care off," the statement read.
(Reporting By Joe Bavier; Editing by Richard Valdmanis)