Tidewater hostages released unharmed in NigeriaNews // January 31, 2006
Tidewater in the US has announced that four workers who were abducted by force and taken hostage from its offshore supply vessel Liberty Service offshore the Niger Delta on January 11th 2006 were released safe and well in the early morning hours of January 30th.
Three of the hostages were employees of Tidewater Crewing Limited, a Tidewater subsidiary. They were: Captain Patrick Landry, 61 years of age, and a citizen of the US; Harry Ebanks, 54 years of age, and a citizen of Honduras; and Milko Yordanor Nitchev, 56 years of age, and a citizen of Bulgaria.
The fourth hostage was Nigel Watson-Clark, a citizen of the UK and an employee of Ecodrill.
Both Tidewater and Ecodrill were working for Shell Nigeria at the time of the attack.
All of the workers will undergo medical examinations before repatriation to their homes and families.
Tidewater said it had worked closely with Shell Nigeria, Ecodrill, the US and UK governments, and the Nigerian authorities to bring about the successful release of the hostages, and the company was grateful for the help and support it received.
"We are also grateful that the workers were released unharmed," said Tidewater.