Israel announced on Sunday that Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured a British-owned and Japanese-operated cargo ship in the southern Red Sea, describing the incident as an “act of Iranian terrorism” with consequences for international maritime security. Iran-allied Houthi rebels said they had captured a ship in the area, but described it as Israeli.
Later, the MAE reported that there was also a Romanian sailor on board the ship, and his wife confirmed the information for Antena 3. “He is the only Romanian on the ship. I don’t have any information, I don’t know anything about him,” the woman told the quoted source.
“He said he would call me on Sunday afternoon. I thought it was weird that he didn’t call, because he keeps a schedule, we have our hours where we talk. He didn’t call, I waited in the evening, and I check the ship on MarineTraffic, a website where you can check ships, and I saw that the ship has no signal for 26 hours, which is strange, since the Suez Canal, being very small, has signal from nearby antennas. I had an instinct to Google the ship, and the first thing I saw was an external news story about the ship. I found out from the Internet”, she also declared.
The Romanian’s wife says she called the authorities to find out more information, but “without success”.
“Since then, since last night, I have tried to call the MFA, I spoke with someone from the MFA, I spoke with Interpol, who directed me to the MFA. I tried to call this morning as well, again without success, and today I intend to go to Bucharest physically, both to the Yemeni Embassy in Bucharest and to the MFA,” she said.
The leader of the Free Union of Navigators (SLN), Adrian Mihalcioiu, said about the Romanian sailor on board the ship captured by the Houthi militias in Yemen that he is 29 years old, he is an electrician and he was contacted to go on this ship through a company from Bulgaria, according to News.ro.
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