Missing Ship Arctic Sea May Have Been Hijacked
A cargo ship that was briefly hijacked off the coast of Sweden has disappeared, although Russian officials say they may have found it.
The cargo ship Arctic Sea went missing on July 30 and was boarded on July 24 by masked men claiming to be Swedish anti-drug police. They tied up the crew and searched the vessel, leaving 12 hours later.
Authorities are wondering if the ship was carrying something other than its supposedly load of timber, which is worth about $1.8 million. Russian officials say their navy has found the ship and is shadowing it, but hasn't made a move towards it yet.
If this event had occurred in the seas off east Africa, the finger would immediately have been pointed at Somalia's notorious pirates.
But the Arctic Sea disappeared while rounding the west coast of France, in what are considered to be the pirate-free shipping lanes of Europe.