Free the Crew of the MV Irene

August 17, 2009

The Canadanian Broadcast Company has covered the story of the MV Irene noting that Divrose Acuna, the sister of Joven (Bob) and Gemma has appealed to the Canadian government to help free her brother. Divrose lives in Canada:
Divrose Acuna told CBC News that her brother, Joven Casas, works aboard the Greek-managed bulk carrier ship MV Irene E.M., which has been in the hands of pirates off the coast of Somalia since April 14.

"It's hard to think, you know? I am just hopeful, and I keep on praying that I will see my brother again, that he'll be healthy, and he's alive," said Acuna, who lives in Altona, 115 kilometres south of Winnipeg.

She said that she hopes, as a Canadian, the government will help her find out more about her brother, who lives with his wife and children in the Philippines. That country has since banned its sailors from working on ships travelling past Somalia in waters off the Horn of Africa.

The MV Irene E.M. was sailing in the Gulf of Aden from the Middle East to South Asia when it was raided, said Noel Choong, who heads the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting centre in Kuala Lumpur.

A Canadian warship in the region, HMCS Winnipeg, sent a helicopter to monitor the situation after receiving a distress signal from the MV Irene E.M., a NATO spokesperson said.

By the time the helicopter arrived on the scene, the ship was already in the control of the pirates, the spokesman said.
Listen to Gemma's interview on Radio Australia here.

Other posts on the crew and situation:
Responsibility missing in human export equation

Please sign the petition appealing to free the crew of the MV Irene. Become a fan of Liberate Pirate Hostages Facebook page and ask your friends for support in this mission to free the crew of the MV Irene.


Anonymous said...

Please everyone sign the petition. If shipping company, the Philippines govt. and others know that there are a lot of people out there who care about the fate of the crew, they will hopefully treat this with a greater sense of urgency. It's important that they know that people are paying attention.