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ReCAAP urges mariners to avoid Sulu, Celebes seas after crew abduction

22 January 2020

The Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has again called on mariners to re-route their journeys to avoid the Sulu and Celebes seas where possible.

The call was reiterated in the wake of another abduction-at-sea case, in which eight crew members were taken from a Malaysia-registered fishing trawler while it was at sea.

The abduction, which was discovered by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), is believed to have been carried out by six gunmen dressed in black suits and masks riding a grey speedboat with two outboard motors, ReCAAP said in a recent advisory.

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