Chinese seamen held in Ghana

2010-06-17 09:19

Nairobi - Ghanaian police have arrested two Chinese seamen for allegedly having cast three Ivorian stowaways overboard along the West African coast, according to a newspaper report on Wednesday.

Two of the stowaways survived the incident, having spent more than 12 hours in the ocean before being rescued by a Ghanaian naval ship, the Daily Graphic reported.

One was in a critical condition and was taken to hospital in the Ghanaian port city of Takoradi suffering from hypothermia.

The third stowaway drowned shortly after he was thrown into the Atlantic, since he couldn't swim, the report said. His body has not been recovered.

The two survivors have told of how they pleaded for their lives. Most of the other seamen on board the ship had apparently tried to prevent their being thrown overboard.

Police arrested the first officer and cook of the Chinese merchant vessel, MS Run Ning 3, and impounded the vessel, the newspaper said.