Philippine coastguard recovers hijacked Indonesian oil tanker off Mati City

PH Coast Guard Recovers Hijacked Indonesian Oil Tanker off Davao Oriental –

The Philippine Coast Guard recovered an Indonesian oil tanker that was reported hijacked last January, and was found abandoned and aground off Mati City, Davao Oriental, last Monday.

After receiving information from the Indonesian Consulate in Davao, the Coast Guard boarded the ship Monday to check it.

Authorities found nobody aboard. The cargo and 1,100 tons of diesel were gone along with all other items of value. The Coast Guard also reported that all navigation equipment was also stolen and anything that could not be lifted was damaged.

A report was issued on the tanker saying it was hijacked on January 30 by eight pirates off Bitung, Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The 14-man crew was said to have been left behind in Indonesia after being lowered onto a lifeboat.