SA skipper to testify in pirate case

2011-01-03 17:50

Johannesburg - A Richards Bay skipper who was hijacked from his yacht and held captive for 13 days was expected to fly to the Netherlands on Monday to testify in court, the Independent online reported.

On Sunday, Peter Eldridge said he had been contacted by Dutch authorities to give evidence.

"All I have been told is that five men, believed to be connected to the hijacking, were detained and will presumably stand trial," he told the publication.

"I have to fly out to Holland on Monday to testify."

Eldridge was taken hostage along with two crew members when pirates attacked the yacht off the Seychelles on October 26.

He escaped in early December but the whereabouts of his crew, Durban couple Bruno Pelizzari and Deborah Calitz, were unknown.

"I was lucky because I was able to escape but Debbie and Bruno were not. All I want is for them to get back home safely," he said.

Ronnie Mamoepa, spokesperson for the international relations department, was not immediately available for comment.