Day of freedom appeared for part of crew of the vessel "Rioni" really that. On Sunday, November 22, six Ukrainians and one Georgian who long time were "hostages of the sea", landed at the Nikolaev airport. About it reports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine. Before seamen had to sustain not only disagreements with the shipowner, bureaucratic red tape, but also even death of one of seamen.
As "Inter" reports, initially to crew of the vessel "Rioni" promised work on a route "Ukraine-Turkey". However when seamen rose aboard, the shipowner sent them to Africa.
"Rioni" didn't reach Angola where the shipowner ordered to go. At coast of Congo on a vessel products, water, fuel ended, and refrigerator installation refused. Freight - and this meat - started spoiling. It was necessary to head for the nearest port of "Banana". Then directly the seaman Pavel Lysenko onboard died. Crew members reported about it native to Ukraine. The cause of death remains to the unknown.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko agreed with DRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs to A. Tambva Mvambva about assistance to the Ukrainian seamen with a vessel of "Rioni" on which there were technical problems in territorial waters of Congo, in their return home, reports a press - service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the request of the Ukrainian party seamen were evacuated from a vessel by means of Mission of the UN in Congo (MONUC).
Staff of Representation the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in Odessa organized a meeting of crew members with native at the airport, provided assistance in delivery them to a car - and railway to stations of Nikolaev, sending on houses.