Indian authorities have detained all 25 crewmembers of a private American-owned antipiracy guard ship after it entered Indian waters off Tuticorin in southeastern India.
The detained people include 14 nationals of Estonia. The Indians say the crew had no Indian permission to carry firearms. There is no word of why the vessel turned up near the Indian coast.
According to the Estonian Foreign Ministry, the Estonian Embassy in New Delhi is closely tracking the situation, but has not received requests for help from the detained Estonians.
In the period between 2010 and last May, five Estonian teams, each numbering 10, regularly joined German and French naval crews on the European Union’s Atalanta operation to escort international cargo vessels through pirate-infested waters off Somalia.
At present, dozens of Estonians are employed by private companies as antipiracy security guards in the same area.