​Maritime charity “on standby” to help those affected by latest piracy incident ​Maritime charity “on standby” to help those affected by latest piracy incident

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Maritime charity “on standby” to help those affected by latest piracy incident

Sailors’ Society’s CEO Stuart Rivers
Sailors’ Society’s CEO Stuart Rivers

Oil tanker the Marine Express was last heard from on Thursday in the piracy rife Gulf of Guinea.

CEO of international maritime charity Sailors’ Society, Stuart Rivers, said: “These will be worrying times for the families of the 22 missing Indian seafarers.

“Sailors’ Society’s Crisis Response Network in Africa is on standby to assist and our team of trained crisis responders in India are on hand to support families affected by this latest incident.”

Chaplains from international maritime charity Sailors’ Society have previously supported seafarers and their families affected by kidnappings.

Stuart said, “Victims of piracy and kidnappings are exposed to violence and terror, which can have a devastating impact on them and their families for years to come.”

The charity has created a Crisis Response Network to support victims of trauma at sea.

The network offers a 24-hour support service for those affected by piracy, kidnapping and natural disasters.

“By coming alongside these survivors and their families, we can work with other agencies to help them come to terms with what has happened, give them financial, practical and psychological support to help them pick up the pieces of their lives.”