Young Greek sailor kidnapped by pirates in Togo for 40 days, arrives back in Greece (VIDEO) – Greek City Times
Categories: Greek NEWS

Young Greek sailor kidnapped by pirates in Togo for 40 days, arrives back in Greece (VIDEO)

Dimitris Giatis, the 20-year-old Greek sailor who was kidnapped by pirates in Togo for 40 days, was emotionally reunited with his family on Saturday night when he arrived at Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport.

Over 20 family members from Messolonghi awaited anxiously at the arrival gates to greet the young man who said, “I’m fine now. I was very scared but they treated me well because for them I was the money.”

The pirates in Togo released the three crew members of the Greek oil tanker they seized in November, including Giatis but a fourth member, a Filipino man, sadly died in captivity.

Giatis was accompanied by his brother and was greeted by his mother who gave him a Greek flag, which he placed over his shoulders, while his father and young sister cried and embraced the 20-year-old who was finally free.

The family left for their home in Messolonghi straight away, as Dimitis’ parents want their son to settle back to normal life, saying this will be the “best Christmas ever.”

*Watch the video here- 

*Image and video courtesy of Protothema/ William Faithful 

Spread the love

This post was last modified on December 15, 2019 10:34 am


Recent Posts

Police in North Macedonia find 47 migrants in truck

Police in North Macedonia have reported the discovery of 47 migrants in an abandoned truck in the southwest region of… Read More

2 hours ago

New Mediterranean restaurant specialising in Greek wine, becomes a hit among Londoners

New Mediterranean restaurant Ampéli, in the heart of Fitzrovia, just north of Soho and near bustling Oxford Street has become… Read More

4 hours ago

Greek volunteer group create eco-friendly ‘Staramaki,’ straws made from wheat

An innovative group of volunteers in Greece has produced straws made of wheat, a new eco-friendly alternative that is being… Read More

6 hours ago

Greece calls emergency meeting over coronavirus after neighbouring Italy confirms 155 infection cases

Greece’s Health Ministry called an emergency meeting on Sunday following 155 cases of the coronavirus in Italy of which three… Read More

8 hours ago

France to stand by Greece amid tensions with Turkey

France has pledged to stand by Greece and Cyprus, supporting both countries in their disputes with Turkey over maritime zones… Read More

8 hours ago

The only Greek newspaper in Turkey needs subscribers to survive

By Uzay Bulut Those who would like to help the historic newspaper survive should send an email to In the… Read More

10 hours ago

This website uses cookies.