Ransom Demanded for Lost Ship
According to a report by the BBC, officials from Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation say a ransom demand has been made for a missing Russian-manned cargo vessel, the Arctic Sea. A Finnish radio station said it had been told the 15 crew members’ lives would be at risk if it was not paid
Mystery continues to surround the whereabouts of the Arctic Sea. The last known contact with the crew was when the ship reported to British maritime authorities as it passed through the Dover Strait. which was last sighted in the Bay of Biscay on 30 July.
Mikko Paatero, a spokesman for the Finnish police, said he was unable at this stage to say whether the ransom demand made to the ship’s owners, Solchart Management, was legitimate.
“The police cannot really speculate,” he said. “We need to base our investigation on existing criminal reports, and in this case there are reports of hijacking and aggravated blackmail.”
Some reports have put the ship 400 nautical miles north of the Cape Verdean island of Sao Vicente. But the Russian ambassador to Cape Verde, Alexander Karpushin, said he had not been officially informed of any sighting and told Russia’s RAI news agency the information was “not true”.
Just where is this ghost ship?
Perchance is the Arctic Sea piloted by a reincarnation of Wagner’s “Der fliegende Holländer”?