Incident Summary:

10/23/2013: Assailants abducted the captain and chief engineer of the United States (US) flagged C-Retriever from their boat approximately 65 Km off the coast of Bayelsa state, Nigeria. The two sailors, both from the United States (US), were released unharmed after a $2 million ransom was paid on November 12, 2013. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred 65 km off the coast of Bayelsa state.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Edison Chouest Offshore Company
Specific Description C-Retriever Supply Vessel
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 2
Days of Kidnapping 20
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded Unknown
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Pirates kidnap two U.S. sailors off Nigerian coast: sources," Reuters, October 24, 2013.
"UPDATE 1-Two Americans kidnapped from ship off Nigeria released," Reuters India, November 12, 2013.
"MEND: $200,000 ransom paid for Oronto Douglas' sister," The Nation Nigeria, October 26, 2013.