Ghana: Argentine sailors board plane to fly home

AP News
Posted: Oct 24, 2012 12:13 PM
Ghana: Argentine sailors board plane to fly home

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — More than 280 crew of the Argentine naval sailing ship, Libertad, have boarded an Air France plane to take them home.

The sailors have been in Accra since Oct. 2 after a Ghana court ruled to keep the Libertad at Tema Port following an order served by a United States investment group NML.

Argentina chartered the plane to fly the crew home after failing to persuade the government to release the three-masted tall ship.

The Libertad is worth about $20 million, according to investors who persuaded the courts in Ghana seize the vessel for nonpayment of bonds that Argentina defaulted on during its devastating financial crisis more than a decade ago.

The ship's captain and a skeleton crew will stay behind to maintain the ship at port in Ghana.