Anyone following this story? Strange, to say the least. Wild speculation anyone?
Ship disappears after sail through English Channel
The ship was reportedly attacked in waters off of Sweden July 24th/09
"15 crew members of the Arctic Sea said they were tied up and beaten by a group of up to 10 men who boarded the ship off the Swedish island of Oland. The masked men identified themselves as police officers _ but Swedish police said they hadn't been searching ships in that area. The men then left the ship twelve hours later, in an inflatable boat.
It then sailed through the English Channel where it made rountine contact
"On July 28, the Arctic Sea made contact with British maritime authorities as it passed through the busy English Channel. The ship made a routine, mandatory report _ saying who they were, where they were from, where they were going and what their cargo was."
Then the ship disappeared!
"There have been no attacks in European waters," said Pottengal Mukundan, director of the London-based International Maritime Bureau. "It's not the kind of area where pirates would find it easy to operate."
It is now August 13th, and no ship
Some reports are suggesting the ship contained some "mystery" cargo. Who knows?
It is being widely reported that he Russian Navy is now searching the Atlantic Ocean for the ship.