Pirates kidnap two American sailors near Nigerian coast

BY newsdesk  October 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM EDT

Two U.S. mariners were kidnapped Wednesday near the coast of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea, a U.S. defense official confirmed Thursday.

The captain and engineer were taken from the U.S. oil supply vessel C-Retriever, owned by Edison Chouest Offshore of Louisiana. The ship and eleven other crew members were released.

NBC News reports that there are “no immediate plans for a hostage rescue attempt” but that the U.S. Navy is monitoring the situation.