India: 21 sailors safe after Nigeria pirate attack

By the Associated Press | January 13, 2012 | 4:51 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Shipping Ministry says 21 crew members of a merchant ship hijacked off the coast of Nigeria are safe after naval forces in that area rescued them.

A ministry statement seen Friday said there were one Ukrainian and 20 Indian crew members on board the Norwegian-flagged MV Spar Rigel.

It said pirates attacked the ship on Tuesday and the crew locked themselves into a saferoom on board until help arrived.

It didn't say which country's navy came to their rescue. No other details were available.